Kimball Named Draddy Semifinalist

Kimball Named Draddy Semifinalist

Oct. 11, 2007

Yale senior PK Alan Kimball has been listed as one of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame's 153 semifinalists for the 2007 Draddy Trophy, presented by HealthSouth, and one of its candidates for the NFF 2007 National Scholar-Athlete Awards.

One of college football's most sought after and competitive awards, the Draddy Trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.

Kimball, who is 13th in the FCS and leads the Ivy League with 1.5 field goals per game this fall, is 6-for-7 on three-pointers and has made all 21 PATs. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound kicker has 23 career field goals. Kimball, who worked for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. last summer, connected on all three field goal attempts against Cornell on Sept. 22 while booting six PATs. He has a 3.97 GPA and is a history major.

"The NFF is extremely proud of this year's group of semifinalists," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "Their substantial commitment to academic excellence, athletic prowess and community service is commendable, and it is our responsibility to honor them for their dedication on and off the playing field. These players are the greatest illustration of how we hope to build leaders through football."

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, semifinalists must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. Established to honor former NFF Chairman Vincent dePaul Draddy, a Manhattan College quarterback who developed the Izod and Lacoste brands, the award comes with a 24-inch, 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.

This year's semifinalists maintain a 3.58 average GPA in diverse majors such as physics and ocean engineering. Sixty-six players have earned all- conference recognition on the field and 106 have served as captains. The offensive line produced the most nominees with 31 candidates. Receivers and linebackers followed with 26 nominees each. Offense outscored the defense with 80 to 53 hopefuls. Twenty special teams aspirants completed the contingent. Nominees hail from all NCAA divisions and the NAIA, including a record 67 contenders from the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A).

The NFF Awards Committee will select and announce up to 15 finalists on Oct. 25. Each finalist will be recognized as part of the 2007 National Scholar- Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. The Draddy winner, who will receive a $25,000 postgraduate scholarship, will be announced at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner on December 4 at the prestigious Waldorf Astoria in New York City. A total distribution of more than $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded that evening.

Launched in 1959, the NFF scholar-athlete program became the first initiative in history to credit a player for both academic and athletic accomplishments. The Draddy, first awarded in 1990, adds to the program's mystique. Past Draddy winners, including two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, a Heisman winner, are: Chris Howard (Air Force, 1990); John B. Culpepper (Florida, 1991); Jim Hansen (Colorado, 1992); Thomas Burns (Virginia, 1993); Robert Zatechka (Nebraska, 1994); Bobby Hoying (Ohio State, 1995); Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 1996); Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997); Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1998); Chad Pennington (Marshall, 1999); Kyle Vanden Bosch (Nebraska, 2000); Joaquin Gonzalez (Miami, 2001); Brandon Roberts (Washington University-Mo., 2002); Craig Krenzel (Ohio State, 2003); Michael Munoz (Tennessee, 2004); Rudy Niswanger (Louisiana State, 2005); and Brian Leonard (Rutgers, 2006).




(Formerly Division I-A)

School -- Nominee

Arizona -- Spencer Larsen

Arizona State -- Michael Marquardt

Arkansas -- Farod Jackson

Arkansas State -- Matthew Reibe

Army -- Connor Wicklund

Auburn -- Cole Bennett

Boise State -- Nick Schlekeway

Boston College -- Nicholas Larkin

Bowling Green State -- Kory Lichtensteiger

Brigham Young -- Matthew Allen

Buffalo -- Jameson Richard

Central Florida -- Keith Shologan

Central Michigan -- Thomas Keith

Cincinnati -- Glenn Bujnoch

Colorado -- Kevin Eberhart

Colorado State -- Jesse Nading

Duke -- Patrick Bailey

Eastern Michigan -- Kenneth Bohnet

Florida Atlantic -- Zachary Wichner

Fresno State -- Clint Stitser

Georgia Tech -- Kevin Tuminello

Illinois -- J Leman

Indiana -- Kevin Trulock

Iowa -- Mike Klinkenborg

Iowa State -- Bryce Braaksma

Kent State -- Matthew Muller

Kentucky -- Jacob Tamme

Louisiana-Lafayette -- Lamar Morgan

Louisville -- Daniel Barlowe

Memphis -- Jake Kasser

Middle Tennessee State -- Clinton Corder

Minnesota -- Anthony Brinkhaus

Mississippi State -- Dezmond Sherrod

Missouri -- Matthew Crossett

Navy -- Gregory Veteto

Nebraska -- James Phillips II

New Mexico -- Cody Kase

North Carolina -- Joseph Dailey

North Texas -- Raifu Durodoye, Jr.

Notre Dame -- John Carlson

Ohio -- Chidozie Nwokocha

Oregon -- Dennis Dixon

Purdue -- Jared Armstrong

Rice -- Robert Heos

Rutgers -- Brandon Renkart

SMU -- Benjamin Poynter

Southern Mississippi -- Jeremy Young

Syracuse -- Ryan Durand

TCU -- Chris Manfredini

Tennessee -- Erik Ainge

Texas -- Dallas Griffin

Texas A&M -- Cody Wallace

Texas Tech -- Alex Trilica

Toledo -- Brett Kern

Troy -- Gregory Whibbs, Jr.

Tulsa -- Paul Smith

UCLA -- Christopher Joseph

Utah -- Stephen Tate

Vanderbilt -- Hamilton Holliday

Virginia -- Michael Santi, Jr.

Wake Forest -- Zachary Selmon

Washington -- Cody Ellis

Washington State -- Alex Brink

West Virginia -- Bobby Hathaway

Western Kentucky -- Marion Rumph

Western Michigan -- Anthony Gebhart

Wisconsin -- Luke Swan


(Formerly Division I-AA)

School -- Nominee

Alcorn State -- Antonio Cooper, Jr.

Austin Peay State -- James Williams, Jr.

Brown -- Steven Morgan

Bucknell -- Nicholas Mozal

Charleston Southern -- Nick Ellis

Coastal Carolina -- Elliott McKinnon, Jr.

Columbia -- Justin Smith

Dayton -- Brandon Cramer

Delaware -- Michael Byrne

Delaware State -- Josh Brite

Eastern Illinois -- Jordan Campanella

Eastern Kentucky -- Justin Curry

Eastern Washington -- Thomas McAndrews

Elon -- Charles Porterfield

Georgetown -- Kyle VanFleet

Hampton -- Marcus Dixon

Harvard -- Noah Van Niel

Idaho State -- Sterling Mennear

Iona -- Christopher Lofrese

Maine -- Shawn Demaray

Montana -- Torrey Thomas

Norfolk State -- Andre Twine

North Carolina A&T -- Oritz Green III

Northeastern -- Anthony Orio

Northern Colorado -- Aaron Henderson

Northern Iowa -- Chad Rinehart

Princeton -- Brendan Circle

Sacramento State -- Ryan Coogler

Sacred Heart -- Jason Richardson

Samford -- Jefferson Adcock

South Dakota State -- Parker Douglass

Southeast Missouri State -- Adam Casper

Southern Illinios -- Nick Hill

Tennessee Tech -- John Jackson

Texas State -- Nicholas Clark

Towson -- John Webb

Valparaiso -- Justin Wiler

Wofford -- Kevin Adleman

Yale -- Alan Kimball

Youngstown State -- Thomas Zetts


School -- Nominee

Ashland (Mich.) -- Vincent Cashdollar

Chadron State (Neb.) -- Daniel Woodhead

Concordia (Minn.) -- Kole Goodchild

Delta State (Miss.) -- Michael Eubanks

Hillsdale (Mich.) -- Mark Nicolet

Midwestern State (Texas) -- Anthony Burson

Minnesota State, Mankato -- Spencer Dickinson

Minnesota, Duluth -- Britt Baumann

Missouri Southern State -- Colin Bado

Missouri-Rolla -- Ashton Gronewold

North Dakota -- Weston Dressler

Slippery Rock (Pa.) -- Michael Butterworth

Southeastern Oklahoma State -- Cliff Eddings

Southwest Minnesota State -- Tyler Fischer

Virginia State -- Theodore Washington

Wayne State (Mich.) -- Frank Lietke


School -- Nominee

Allegheny (Pa.) -- Mateo Villa

Augustana (Ill.) -- Joel Campbell

Bridgewater (Va.) -- Jefferson Highfill, Jr.

Case Western Reserve (Ohio) -- Thomas Brew

Centre (Ky.) -- Christopher Riney

Emory & Henry (Va.) -- Matthew Assenat

Gettysburg (Pa.) -- Kyle Luciano

Greensboro (N.C.) -- Christopher Palme

Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) -- Jared Sieling

Illinois College -- Jake Weller

Lewis& Clark (Ore.) -- Mike Wennerlind

Mount Union (Ohio) -- Frederick Safran

Saint John's (Minn.) -- John Cloeter

Shenandoah (Va.) -- Chris Dooley

St. Olaf (Minn.) -- Matthew Penz

Thiel (Pa.) -- Michael Stimac

Trinity (Conn.) -- Benjamin Willig

Wabash (Ind.) -- Brian Hilts

Wartburg (Iowa) -- Kyle Duchman

Washington Univ. in STL (Mo.) -- Kevin Brooks

Wesleyan (Conn.) -- Zachary Librizzi

Western New England (Mass.) -- Kevin Miculcy

Widener (Pa.) -- Jamie Schild

Wisconsin-Eau Claire -- Anthony Hull


School -- Nominee

Bethel (Tenn.) -- Knox Baggett

Carroll (Mont.) -- Nick Milodragovich

Eastern Oregon -- Michael Eby

Jamestown (N.D.) -- Nathan Pederson

Northwestern (Iowa) -- Scott Stahl

Urbana (Ohio) -- Kevin Weber