Clemson, SC--Clemson center Kyle Young has been named as one of 16
recipients of a Postgraduate scholarship as selected by the National
Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. The
announcement was made Thursday by Chairman of The National Football
Foundation and College Hall of Fame Jon F. Hanson.
The Clemson graduate and starting center for the Tigers the
last three seasons is the first Clemson football player to receive a
scholarship from the National Football Foundation since 1978 when
Steve Fuller was so honored.
Young is actually just the fifth Clemson football player to
receive the honor overall. In addition to Fuller, the others are
Jimmy Bell, a quarterback in 1964, Jimmy Addison, a quarterback in
1967, and Ben Anderson, a defensive back in 1972.
Young graduated Summa Cum Laude from Clemson last May and is
taking graduate courses this year, his final year of eligibility.
He had a 3.98 career GPA and had A's in every course but one over his
four undergraduate years. He has been a first-team Academic
All-American each of the last two years and hopes to be a three-time
selection this year. The Academic All-America team won't be
announced until December 3rd. He is also the President of Clemson's
LIFELINE organization, the football team's leadership group.
On the field, Young has led the Clemson offensive line in
knockdown blocks this year with 90. He is a big reason Clemson (5-2)
has averaged over 400 yards per game in total offense and has had a
positive effect on the play of Woodrow Dantzler, who ranks fifth in
the nation in total offense heading into this weekend's game with
Florida State. Young was a second-team All-American on the field
last year in addition to his first-team Academic All-America status.
"This is a great honor for Kyle and our football program,"
said Head Coach Tommy Bowden. "Clemson has meant so much to Kyle and
his family and I know this scholarship award is very meaningful to
him. Having grown up in Clemson, he has been following or a part of
Clemson football all his life. He is a role model for future Clemson
football players and all student-athletes who are at Clemson now or
will be in the future."
Since 1959, when the first class was selected, 602 scholar-athletes
have been awarded this high honor based on superior academic
performance, outstanding football ability, strong leadership, and
Each scholar-athlete will be awarded an $18,000 postgraduate
scholarship and will be honored at the Foundation's 44th Annual
Awards Dinner held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, December
Young will be joined at the Awards Dinner in New York by
Terry Kinard, the former Clemson All-American who will be inducted
into the College Football Hall of Fame on the same night. Clemson
is the only school in the nation with a Hall of Fame inductee and a
National Football Foundation Scholarship Award winner this year.
National Football Foundation Scholars for 2001
DIVISION I-A Selections
Andre Davis - Virginia Tech - Wide Receiver - Property Management
Vernon Fox - Fresno State University - Strong Safety - Sociology - LasVegas, NV
Joaquin Gonzalez - University of Miami - Offensive Lineman -
Marketing -Miami, FL
Christopher Hope - Florida State University - Free Safety -
Communications -Rock Hill, SC
Jeff Kelly - Univ. of Southern Mississippi - Quarterback - Business
Administration - Hattiesburg, MS
Patrick Ramsey - Tulane University - Quarterback - Accounting &
Finance -Simsboro, LA
Tracey Wistrom - University of Nebraska - Tight End - Mathematics -
Webb City, MO
Kyle Young - Clemson University - Center - Secondary Education - Clemson, SC
Vince Huntsberger - University of Montana - Strong Safety - Biology
/Pre-Medicine - Missoula, MT
Peter Lee - Yale University - Quarterback - Economics - Chicago, IL
Adam Waugh - Illinois State University - Linebacker - Political
Science -Cullowhee, NC
Curry Dawson - Angelo State University (TX) - Defensive Tackle -
Animal Science - Water Valley, TX
Eddie Key - Univ. of Southern Arkansas - Quarterback - Economics - Chicago, IL
Travis Ahner - Carroll College (MT) - Defensive Back - Sociology - Helena, MT
Timothy Hess - Widener University (PA) - Defensive Back - Accounting
Eddie Eviston - Georgetown College (KY) - Quarterback - Accounting -
Fort Thomas, KY