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Linebacker carries a 3.35 grade-point average and working on graduate degree in education

FINALISTS FOR BOBBY BOWDEN AWARD RELEASED

FIFTH ANNUAL AWARD PRESENTED BY FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES

New Orleans, La. — The Fellowship of Christian Athletes released today the three finalists for the sixth annual Bobby Bowden Award. The first finalist is Marcus Freeman from Ohio State University. Freeman is four year letterman at Ohio State with a 3.35 GPA and currently working on a graduate degree in education.  The second finalist is Ryan McDonald from the University of Illinois. McDonald is a 2008 Draddy Finalist with a 3.81 GPA and is working on a graduate degree in aerospace engineering. The third finalist is Stephen McGee of Texas A&M. McGee made the 2008 First Team Academic All Big 12 Team and graduated in 3.5 years in Business Marketing with a 3.2 GPA

The award recognizes the Division 1A football player who epitomizes the student-athlete who conducts himself as a faith model in the community, in the classroom and on the field.  Nominees must have a 3.0 GPA or better. He must also have the backing of his school’s Athletic Director and Head Football coach. The award is named after Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden. 

The 2008 Bobby Bowden Award winner will be announced at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Breakfast at the Allstate Bowl Championship Series game site in Miami on January 6, 2009. Past winners are:

2003    Jason Wright                Northwestern University

2004    Billy Bajema                 Oklahoma State University

2005    D. J. Shockley              University of Georgia

2006    Carl Pendleton              University of Oklahoma

2007    Jacob Tamme               University of Kentucky

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a faith-based non-profit organization, which oversees huddles (clubs) in junior highs, high schools and colleges. Since 1954 FCA has used successful men/women in athletics as role models as a means of influencing America’s youth.