Oct. 27, 2005
Florida State center David Castillo was announced Thursday as a finalist for the Draddy Trophy – billed as the “Academic Heisman.” The National Football Foundation Awards committee released 16 National Scholar Award winners each of whom receives as $18,000 post-graduate scholarship and will be honored at the 48th NFF Awards Dinner on December 6 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. The Draddy Award winner will be selected from among these 16 winners.
The selection committee received 184 nominees who must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. Fourteen of the finalists have earned all-conference recognition on the field and 14 of them have serve as captains of their teams.
Castillo becomes the seventh National Football Foundation post-graduate scholarship winner from Florida State which ties FSU with Nebraska as having the most top scholar winners since 1993. The Seminoles
now have more than all the other programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1993. FSU’s previous award recipients were: Ken Alexander (1993), Derrick Brooks (1994), Danny Kanell (1995), Daryl Bush (1997), Chris Weinke (2000), and Chris Hope (2001).
Each finalist receives an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship,
and one of the 16 will be announced as the winner of the 2005 Draddy
Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. Established to honor former NFF Chairman Vincent dePaul Draddy, a Manhattan College quarterback who developed the Izod and Lacoste brands, the award comes with a stunning 24-inch, 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the recipient’s scholarship to a total of $25,000.
A team captain for one of the nation’s marquis football programs, David
Castillo anchors Florida State’s offensive line while maintaining an
excellent academic record and contributing mightily to the community.
A two-time Academic All-Conference selection, Castillo earned his first
bachelors degree in 2004 and is currently working on a second. A five-time ACC Honor Roll member, he earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team recognition in 2004. A seven-time Dean’s List member, Castillo was named to the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society in 2003.
A 2003 Second Team All-Conference selection and Bob Crenshaw Award
recipient as the player with the “biggest heart,” Castillo was voted Most
Valuable Offensive Player for FSU and helped lead the team to a No. 3 ACC
ranking in total offense in 2004. Named a team captain for 2005, he was
voted Most Dependable Offensive Lineman and Most Outstanding Offensive Player.
A volunteer for “Bowl-For-Kids-Sake,” which benefits the local Big Brothers & Big Sisters Program, Castillo also helps with “Sports Ability Day” in which handicapped children participate in a variety of sports. A Toys for Tots and Tsunami Relief collector, he is also a member of the FSUnity Council. Castillo often speaks to the Concordia Baptist Church about the role Faith plays in his life.
DIVISION I-A FINALISTS
Josh Betts, Miami (Ohio), QB, Finance, Vandalia, Ohio
David Castillo, Florida State, C, Exercise Science/Dietetics, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Greg Eslinger, Minnesota, C, Health & Wellness, Minneapolis, Minn.
Grayling Love, Arizona State, OL, Business Finance, Tempe, Ariz.
Garrett Mills, Tulsa, TE, Management, Tulsa, Okla.
Rudy Niswanger, LSU, OL, Kinesiology, Baton Rouge, La.
DeMeco Ryans, Alabama, LB, Management, Bessemer, Ala.
Bradley Smith, Missouri, QB, Business Admin./Marketing, Liberty, Ohio