UNIVERSITY PARK — John Urschel has picked up a handful of awards for his play on the football field and his studies off it.
He’s looking to add another honor to his collection as the All-American offensive lineman is a semifinalist for the Sullivan Award, presented by the Amateur Athletic Union to the country’s top amateur athlete.
Finalists will be determined by a fan vote that is open until March 23. Fans can vote for Urschel on the AAU website.
Three finalists will be named in late March. The award will be presented at a ceremony on April 11 at AAU National Headquarters in Orlando, Fla.
Urschel would be among elite company should he win the Sullivan Award.
It was first presented in 1930 to the athelete who demonstrates the qualities of leadership, character, sportsmanship, and the ideals of amateurism. Past football recipients of the Sullivan Award include College Football Hall of Fame inductees Felix “Doc” Blanchard (Army, 1945), Arnold Tucker (Army, 1946), and Charlie Ward (Florida State, 1993), and NFF National Scholar-Athletes and William V. Campbell Trophy winners Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997), Tim Tebow (Florida, 2007) and Andrew Rodriguez (Army, 2011).
Urschel, who also won the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy as the nation’s top student athlete, particpated in February’s NFL Combine and is hoping to parlay his collegiate experience into a professional career.