Spencer Toone is is a semi-finalist for a post-graduate scholarship.
Oct. 4, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY -- University of Utah linebacker Spencer Toone is not only one of the top players in the nation on the football field, but he is one of the brightest off the field as well.
The senior is one of 63 Division I-A semi-finalists for the "Academic Heisman." The Draddy Trophy, overseen by the National Football Foundation, honors the player who best combines academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.
Toone graduated last May with a degree in sports management and a minor in communication. He is now a graduate student working on his MBA. He holds a 3.775 cumulative grade-point average, which includes a perfect 4.0 effort in the fall of 2004.
On the field, the 6-2, 235-pound team captain currently leads the team in tackles (51). A preseason all-conference pick, Toone was an honorable mention all-Mountain West Conference selection last year, as well as a CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII first-teamer.
In addition to his studies, Toone is extremely active in the community. He has worked with numerous at-risk children groups, at youth camps in both Utah and Idaho and has helped raise money for various charities. He is also involved with the Student-Athlete Mentor (SAM) program at Utah and is on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
In all there are 184 athletes up for the award among all four Divisions and the NAIA. To qualify, the student-athlete must have at least a 3.0 GPA, be a senior or graduate student, have outstanding football ability, be a team player and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The winner of the award receives a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.
The NFF Awards committee is made up of former coaches, Hall of Famers and college administrators and will select and announce the 15 finalists on Thursday, Oct. 27. The The winner will receive the award at the NFF Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Each finalist will also be recognized as part of the 2005 National Scholar-Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship.