Dec. 5, 2009
HOUSTON - University of Houston sophomore wide receiver Patrick Edwards was named as a nominee for the Third Annual College Football Rudy Awards as it was announced by The Rudy Foundation on Saturday.
Edwards was a key contributor during his freshman season at Houston in 2008. He caught at least four passes in each of the first eight games, including three straight games with a touchdown catch, each against a Conference USA opponent. Edwards was, however, lost for the season after suffering a gruesome broken leg at Marshall on national television. He has now fully recovered and was one of eight players that returned to the offense in 2009.
Forty-nine of the 120 Division I FBS football programs and all Division I FBS Conferences were represented in the nominations for the Award, which honors student-athletes who demonstrate exemplary character, coiurage, contribution and commitment as members of their collegiate football teams. These same traits were immortalized in the blockbuster film "RUDY" in 27 seconds and against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, enabling Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger to carve his name into college football lore.
Three RUDY AWARDSTM finalists will be chosen by the Selection Committee, as well as through fan votingand honored at a breakfast to be held in conjunction with the American Football Coaches Convention on January 11, 2010, at the Orlando World Center Marriott, in Orlando, FL. Rudy Ruettiger will personally present the awards.
Each finalist will be presented with a classic finalist award and have an academic scholarship made in his name to the general scholarship fund of his college or university, as well as have travel expenses paid to the event. An overall winner will be chosen and presented with the top scholarship and bronze Rudy Award trophy.
Fans can review nominations and place their votes from December 4-15 for the most deserving player at www.CollegeRudyAwards/NomineeSearch.aspx.
Finalists will be announced December 16 and listed on www.CollegeRudyAwards.com.