Brian Robiskie, Joe Daniels and Gene Smith among those recognized in central Ohio  

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Columbus Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame held its 2009 Scholar-Athlete Banquet Monday at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Caf.

The foundation honored collegiate and high school scholar-athletes from central Ohio, including Buckeyes Brian Robiskie, from the 2008 Ohio State football team, Joe Daniels, Ohio State assistant coach, and Gene Smith, associate vice president and director of athletics at the Ohio State University.

Robiskie was awarded a post-graduate scholarship by the foundation. The wide receiver out of Chagrin Falls High School near Cleveland repeated as an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American in 2009 and was a finalist for the Draddy Trophy.

Robiskie holds a 3.54 grade point average in marketing. On the field, Robiskie led the Buckeyes in receiving (42) and touchdown catches (8) for the second year in a row.
Daniels, who just finished his eighth season at Ohio State in 2008, was the recipient of the Tyson Gentry Courage Award. He completed his 38th year of coaching overall despite limitations from an ongoing battle with cancer.

Daniels is the first to receive the Gentry Award, established in 2009 to honor Gentry’s courage and determination since suffering a life-changing neck injury in 2006. Earlier this month, Gentry earned his first letter from the football team and received his varsity jacket from head coach Jim Tressel. He also was the winner of the 2008 Bo Rein Award as Ohio State’s most-inspirational player from the 2008 team.

Smith, in his fifth year at Ohio State, received the 2009 Ohio Gold Award for his longtime dedication to the betterment of the football. Former Buckeye and college football hall of famer, Ike Kelley, won the Ohio Gold honor in 2008.