STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State senior offensive lineman Anthony Strauder has been named a 2008 Draddy Trophy Semifinalist, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday.
Selected as the best and brightest from the college gridiron, there were 57 semifinalists from Football Bowl Subdivision schools for the 2008 Draddy Trophy. Those 57, along with 107 from other classifications, are candidates for the 2008 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards.
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 or significant contributor, 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 25- pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.
The NFF Awards Committee will select and announce up to 15 finalists on Oct. 29. Each finalist will be recognized as part of the 2008 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 9 at the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. A total distribution of more than $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded that evening.
Strauder, a Natchez, Miss. native, is a four-year starter at left guard for Mississippi State. A pre-season all-Southeastern Conference choice, he is also a four-time selection to the SEC All-Academic team and received his undergraduate degree in August of 2007.