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Bright named finalist for Scholar Athlete award

Williamsburg Ky. - The University of the Cumberlands (UC) football program takes great pride in the work it does on and off the field. Whether in the classroom, doing community service, or starting the season 5-0, the Patriots do every activity with the best of their abilities. One senior Patriot has showed his ability to lead both on and off the field and for his work in the classroom, has garnered more national attention.

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame has announced that nine NAIA football student-athletes are among its 147 candidates for the 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments. One of those finalists is senior Jay Bright (Fayetteville, GA). Bright has had a phenomenal season thus far for the Patriots, but continues to lead in the classroom as well.

Nominated by their school, candidates for the award must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

Bright is joined by fellow nominees from the Mid-South Conference Jouan Cox from Bethel University and Cody McCallister from Cumberland University.

Bright is currently having a season to remember as he has been a facilitator in a Patriot offense that currently leads the country in points scored at 49.6 points per game. The Patriots are also 2nd in the country currently with a rushing offense that averages just under 325 yards per game.

Bright commented, “It’s so often that student-athletes are recognized for their on-field performances. I feel extremely privileged to be recognized for my dedication to academics as well.”

National Football Foundation Chairman Archie Manning said, "This year's candidates truly embody the National Football Foundation's mission of building leaders through football. They are standouts in the classroom and on the field and have become leaders in their respective communities. Each school should take great pride in being represented by such well-rounded young men who will undoubtedly go on to do great things in life."

The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients from all levels. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy.

For more information on the Patriots football program along with other Patriot athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com.

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