Youngstown State University senior defensive tackle Andrew Johnson is one of 33 Football Championship Subdivision student-athletes who were nominated for the National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete Awards.
Selected as the best and brightest from the college gridiron, the 127 total candidates for this year’s awards were announced by the NFF & College Hall of Fame in late September. The nominees are also semifinalists for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the best scholar-athlete in the nation.
“This year’s candidates truly embody the National Football Foundation’s mission of building leaders through football,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, whose sons Peyton and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003.
Johnson of Detroit, Mich., a sociology major, was nominated by YSU based on the student’s success in GPA requirements, athletic ability and demonstrated leadership. As a captain of YSU’s football team, Johnson has started all four games at defensive tackle and is credited this season with nine total tackles, including five solo stops, and a sack. As a junior he came away with 24 total tackles, 11 solos, and a sack. In 2010, Johnson was also named HBK Defensive Player of the Game vs. Penn State, and YSU’s Defensive Lineman of the Game against Penn State, Missouri State and South Dakota State.
The NFF Awards Committee will announce results of the final award selection via a national press release late October. Each member of the 2011 National Scholar-Athlete Class will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and travel to New York City be honored during the 54th NFF Annual Awards Dinner this December.