LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Tight end Jacob Tamme is a semifinalist for the 2007 Draddy Trophy and the National Scholar-Athlete Awards as selected by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
The Draddy Trophy is given to the student-athlete with the top combination of academic success, football performance, and exemplary community leadership. Nominees must have a minimum 3.2 grade-point average, be a starting player, and have demonstrated strong citizenship and leadership.
Tamme, a senior from Danville, Ky., scores well in each category:
He needed only three years to complete his bachelor's degree with a 3.816 GPA and a major in integrated strategic communications. Tamme is in his second year of his master's in business administration and has a 3.833 GPA in graduate school.
On the playing field, he has 28 receptions for 304 yards and four touchdowns this season. He was named first-team All-Southeastern Conference last season. His career totals feature 105 catches for 1,102 yards and nine TDs. He is one of only 10 players in UK history with at least 100 receptions and he is the No. 2 pass-catching tight end in school history, trailing only James Whalen.
Tamme has been very active in community service. He was been the Outreach Chairman for the UK football team and his many service efforts earned him a place on the 2006 National Good Works Team, one of only 11 players honored by the American Football Coaches Association.
From the current group of semifinalists, the National Football Foundation will select up to 15 finalists, each of whom will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. The student-athletes competing for the awards come from all levels of college football.