UNIVERSITY PARK — John Urschel has been named a finalist for the Sullivan Award, awarded by the Amateur Athletic Union to the nation’s top amateur athlete.
Urschel, who was among 18 other semifinalists, joins Florida track and field athlete Cory Ann McGee and Nebraska volleyball player Kelsey Robinson as finalists. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony April 11 at the AAU National Headquarters in Orlando, Fla.
The Sullivan Award was first presented in 1930. It honors the athlete who demonstrates the qualities of leadership, character, sportsmanship, and the ideals of amateurism. College Football Hall of Famers Felix “Doc” Blanchard, Arnold Tucker and Charlie Ward in addition to National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow and Andrew Rodriguez are past winners of the Sullivan Award.
Urschel was a stalwart along Penn State’s offensive line the last two seasons and will try to turn his college success into an NFL career.