Oct. 30, 2007
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -
Fifth-year senior tight end John Carlson (Litchfield,
Minn./Litchfield H.S.) has been selected a 2007 National Scholar-Athlete by
the National Football Foundation. A total of 15 recipients were named this
year for their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom, on the field
and in the community.
As a National Scholar-Athlete, Carlson receives an $18,000 postgraduate
scholarship and is one of 15 finalists for the Draddy Trophy, the award
presented to the nation's top scholar-athlete and often referred to as "The
Academic Heisman." Should he win the Draddy Trophy, the scholarship would
grow to $25,000.
Carlson is the 15th Notre Dame football player to receive the scholarship
but the first since Tim Ruddy in 1993. Only Nebraska (20) and Ohio State
(19) have had more players selected since the program began in 1959.
Since arriving on campus at the start of the 2003-04 school year, Carlson
has typified what a student-athlete should be. He graduated in four years
with a degree in history and amassed a cumulative GPA of 3.633 during his
undergraduate years. Carlson was a member of the Academic Honors program at
Notre Dame and was named to the Dean's List in Fall 2004, Spring 2006 and
He has been involved with the Tackle the Arts program, which is designed to
educate and motivate children from low socioeconomic areas of South Bend,
Ind., for four years. Carlson also speaks at Ryan's Place for families who
have lost loved ones and is a four-year participant in the Hematology and
Oncology Christmas Party for children with cancer.
Carlson's athletic success has been equally as impressive. He was named a
2006 first-team Academic All-American and was also tabbed a second-team
All-American by SI.com. Carlson was one of three finalists for the Mackey
Award last year, presented to the nation's top tight end, after recording
the second-most receptions and receiving yards by a tight end in school
He currently ranks third all-time in receptions and receiving yards by an
Irish tight end and needs six catches and 203 yards to move into second
place. This year, Carlson leads the Irish with 26 receptions to go with 188
receiving yards and one touchdown. He is enrolled in the graduate studies
program at Notre Dame.
Carlson will be one of the honored guests at the National Football
Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in New York City. Also
honored at the awards dinner will be 2007 College Football Hall of Fame
inductee Chris Zorich and 2007 Distinguished American Award winner Rocky
The 2007 National Scholar-Athlete Class
FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION
Alex Brink - Washington State University- QB - Sport Management - Coos Bay,
John Carlson - University of Notre Dame - TE - History - Litchfield, Minn.
Dennis Dixon - University of Oregon - QB - Sociology - San Leandro, Calif.
Dallas Griffin - University of Texas - C - Business Honors / Finance - Katy, Texas
Mike Klinkenborg - University of Iowa - LB - Elementary Education - Rock
J Leman - University of Illinois - LB - Speech Communication - Champaign,
Brandon Renkart - Rutgers University - LB - Civil Engineering - South Bound
Paul Smith - University of Tulsa - QB - Communications - Owasso, Okla.
Jacob Tamme - University of Kentucky - TE - Integrated Strategic Comm. -
FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION
Nick Clark - Texas State University - DE - Mathematics - Fort Worth, Texas
Brandon Cramer - University of Dayton - S - Pre-Medicine - Waterville, Ohio
Michael Eubanks- Delta State Univ. (Miss.) - LB - Pre-Medicine - Cleveland,
Danny Woodhead - Chadron State Univ. (Neb.) - TB - Math / Health & Phys. Ed. - North Platte, Neb.
Eric Safran- Mount Union College (Ohio) - C - Business Admin. - Sagamore
Jake Weller - Illinois College - DB - Biology / Chemistry - Jacksonville,
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