Oct. 7, 2005
BERKELEY - Cal linebacker Ryan Foltz has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2005 Draddy Trophy, a scholar-athlete award presented by the National Football Foundation. The annual award is known as the "Academic" Heisman honors an individual as the best in the country for his combined academic and athletic success, as well as his service in the community.
Foltz, a 6-2, 225-pounder, is a team captain for the 10th-ranked Bears and is second on the team in tackles (29) this season for a defense that is ranked No. 20 in the country. He has recorded 2.5 tackles for loss for 21 yards.
The Westlake, Calif. native graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration in May with a GPA of 3.57 and is currently pursuing an M.A. at U.C. Berkeley's Graduate School of Education. Foltz was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team in both 2003 and 2004 and is also a member of the Golden Key Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, semifinalists must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first-team player, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The award was established to honor former NFF Chairman Vincent DePaul Draddy, a Manhattan College quarterback who founded the Izod and Lacoste brands.
The group of 184 semifinalists features players from all NCAA divisions and the NAIA: 63 from D-IA, 44 from D-IAA, 20 from D-II, 43 from D-III and 14 from the NAIA. The award was started in 1959, with past winners including Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997), Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 1996) and Chad Pennington (Marshall, 1999).