Chapter Members Honored with Many Awards

Three players from Uplifting Athletes Chapters were recently named to the prestigious 2013 Capital One Academic All America first team.

Only 24 players were recognized as first-team selections from among all the FBS and FCS football programs nationwide.

Two of the three with Uplifting Athletes roots, Penn State’s John Urschel along with Nebraska’s Spencer Long, are offensive linemen.

The third member of the first team is defensive lineman Brett Biestek from FCS Fordham.

Nebraska fullback C.J. Zimmerer and tight end Jake Long and St. Francis running back Kyle Harbridge made the second team. Zimmerer also was honored with the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the Huskers.

Speaking of the Big Ten, Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson, Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland and Northwestern kicker Jeff Budzien were tabbed as Player of the Year at their respective positions.

Borland and Budzien each also hauled in the sportsmanship awards for their respective programs from the conference.

In addition to those top players, six other players from Uplifting Athletes chapters made the Big Ten first team.

Three of those, running back Ameer Abdullah, defensive lineman Randy Gregory and defensive back Ciante Evans, hail from Nebraska.

Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederius (Burlsworth Trophy), Urschel (Campbell Trophy, Lowes Senior CLASS Award) and Penn State defensive lineman DaQuan Jones were also named to the first team.

Arizona’s running back Ka’Deem Carey was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and was the only unanimous player voted first-team All Pac-12.

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) was littered with first-team selections from undefeated and No. 1 ranked Florida State.

Quarterback Jameis Winston (Heisman, Walter Camp, Davey O’Brien Trophies) was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year and was joined on the first team by nine Seminole teammates.

Three offensive line, Cameron Erving, Tre’ Jackson and Bryan Stork (Rimington Trophy) and wide receiver Rashad Greene joined Winston on the first-team offense.

On the defensive side of the ball lineman Timmy Jernigan, linebacker Telvin Smith and defensive backs Lamarcus Joyner and Terrence Brooks made first team. Kicker Robert Aguayo (Lou Groza award winner) made it 10 FSU players on the first team.

When it came to the Patriot League and the FCS squads aligned with Uplifting Athletes, Fordham was very well represented.

Rams quarterback Michael Nebrich was the Offensive Player of the Year, linebacker Stephon Hodge was the Defensive Player of the Year and Joe Moorehead was Patriot League Coach of the Year.

Eight other Fordham players made the first team, including wide receiver-kick returner Brian Wetzel who was selected on both sides of the ball.

And finally, six Princeton players were named to the All-Ivy first team for 2013.

Congratulations to all the award winners for being recognized for excellence on the field and in the classroom in 2013.

Together … We Are … Stronger!

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