Oct. 26, 2006
Yale left tackle Ed McCarthy `07 (Fairfield, Conn.) has been named to the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame 2006 Scholar-Athlete Team. He is the seventh Bulldog to earn this award since 1967, the year his father, Rick McCarthy `68, was named to the team.
McCarthy, who has helped the Elis win five of their first six games this fall, was Yale's offensive line MVP eight times last year and has already taken the honors five times in six games in 2006. McCarthy, the 2003 Ivy Rookie of the Year (only lineman in league history to win it) as an OG and a second-team all-league center in 2004, was first-team All-Ivy at LT last fall. He is a pre-season All-America pick who has been getting looked at by pro scouts this fall.
McCarthy's uncle, Ed McCarthy `65, also played for the Bulldogs. The current Yale star was 2005 Academic All-Ivy pick.
The NFF class of 2006 was nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, and are all seniors or graduate students in their final year of eligibility who have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. They must also have outstanding football ability and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
"We take great pride in providing each member of the scholar-athlete class with a coveted $18,000 scholarship for their post-graduate studies," said NFF President Steven J. Hatchell. "They have set the standard for their teammates and for all who play sports. By highlighting their achievements, we hope to inspire future generations of student-athletes to higher levels of achievement in all aspects of their lives."
Selected by the NFF Awards Committee, comprised of former coaches, Hall of Famers and college administrators, the 17 National Scholar-Athlete Award recipients will be honored at the 49th NFF Awards Dinner on December 5 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
"After thorough review of 148 outstanding candidates representing schools from all levels of collegiate play, the committee's deliberations resulted in the selection of an exceptional class of 17 scholar-athletes," said Robert E. Mulcahy III, chairman of the NFF Awards Committee and director of athletics at Rutgers University. "Knowing the importance and prestige of these awards, the committee takes the utmost care in making the selections, and I applaud them for their efforts."
Each will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship, and one of the 17 will be announced as the recipient of the 2006 Draddy Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation.
Ed McCarthy - Yale University - OL - History - Fairfield, Conn.
Luke Palko - Saint Francis Univ. (Pa.) - WR - Accounting - Imperial, Pa.
Kristian Smith - Alabama A&M University - OL - Telecommunications - Alpine, Calif.
Brian Daniels - University of Colorado - OG - Finance - Superior, Colo.
Rhema Fuller - University of Connecticut - DT - Finance - Cocoa, Fla.
Jay Henry - West Virginia University - LB - Finance / Accounting - Tulsa, Okla.
Chris Leak - University of Florida - QB - Sociology - Charlotte, N.C.
Brian Leonard - Rutgers University FB - Labor & Employment Rels. - Hailesboro, N.Y.
Carl Pendleton - University of Oklahoma - DT -Sociology - Sapulpa, Okla.
Paul Posluszny - Penn State University - LB - Finance - Aliquippa, Pa.
Joe Thomas - University of Wisconsin - OT - Business - Brookfield, Wis.
John Wendling - University of Wyoming - S - Business Admin. - Rock Springs, Wyo.
Michael Klobucher - Ferris State Univ. (Mich.) - LB - Applied Bio. - Grand Haven, Mich. Ryan Meredith - Pittsburg State Univ. (Ka.) - DE - Management - Pittsburg, Kan.
Aaron Lewis - Carnegie Mellon Univ. (Pa.) - DB - Business Admin. - Englewood, Ohio P.J. Theisen - Univ. of St. Thomas (Minn.) - WR - Accounting - Elko, Minn.
Brad Cook - St. Ambrose Univ. (Iowa) - C - Economics / Finance - Bettendorf, Iowa