Feb. 5, 1998
Senior middle linebacker Daryl Bush was named the winner of the State Farm Student-Athlete of the Year Award at the National Athletic Awards Banquet in Detroit, Michigan on February 2, 1998. The event was held at the Fox Theatre and helped raise over $2.3 million for the March of Dimes. Other winners included: National College Footbal Coach of the Year – Joe Tiller (Purdue), National College Football Offensive Player of the Year – Peyton Manning, (Tennessee), and National College Football Defensive Player of the Year – Charles Woodson (Michigan).
Bush, the senior captain of Florida State’s top ranked defense, earned his undergraduate degree in finance and received his Masters in athletic administration in December. The Altamonte Springs (FL) finished with a 3.9 cumulative GPA and also won the Jim Tatum Award as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s most outstanding student-athlete. The four-year starter has never received a grade lower than a B at any level of his schooling.
On the football field, Bush ended his career eighth on the FSU all-time tackle list with 362. Bush was a three-time Butkus Award semifinalist, a GTECoSIDA Academic All-American, a third-team Associated Press All-American and a National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Scholarship winner.