Penn State All-American guard John Urschel has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious 84th Sullivan Award. The award is given to that nation’s top amateur athlete and is presented by the Amateur Athletic Union. Urschel was announced as one of 19 semifinalists for the award a few weeks back. Fans voted online to narrow the field down to three finalists.
Along with Urschel, track and field athlete Cory Ann McGee from the University of Florida and Kelsey Robinson, a volleyball player from Nebraska, are all in the running for the award.
The award is based on character, leadership and sportsmanship.
Urschel was selected as an All-Big Ten linemen in each of the past two seasons. In 2013, he was named an All-American by the Associated Press. Urschel was a leader on Penn State’s offensive line and played a pivotal role in providing protection for true freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg.
Off the field, Urschel has the reputation of being a great student in the classroom as a math major and is also published. He earned the William V. Campbell Trophy this year, commonly known as the “Academic Heisman.” He also won the Lowes Senior CLASS Award and was named an Academic All-American each of the past two seasons.
The winner of the Sullivan Award will be announced on April 11th during a ceremony at the AAU National Headquarters in Orlando, Florida. Past winners include: Peyton Manning, Mark Spitz, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Tim Tebow, Michael Phelps and Shawn Johnson.
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