Dec. 1, 2010
AUBURN - Auburn junior linebacker Ashton Richardson has been nominated for the Fourth Annual College Football Rudy Award, the Rudy Foundation announced Wednesday.
The Rudy Award honors student-athletes who demonstrate exemplary character, courage, contribution and commitment as members of their collegiate football teams. These same traits were immortalized in the film "Rudy" in which Notre Dame's Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger carved his name into college football lore.
Richardson, a walk-on from New Orleans, La., has played in five games this season and 18 games during his career. He had nine tackles last season, including three tackles for loss, one of which was a quarterback sack.
In addition to his contribution on the field, Richardson has displayed character and courage off the field. Known as one of the team's hardest workers on the field, he works just as hard in the classroom where he carries a 3.93 grade-point average in pre-veterinary medicine.
Three finalists for the Rudy Award will be chosen by the selection committee, as well as through fan voting, and honored at the Priority Payment Systems Awards Ceremony to be held in conjunction with the American Football Coaches Convention on Jan. 11, 2011, at the Hilton Anatole, in Dallas, Texas. Rudy Ruettiger will personally present the awards.
Each finalist will be presented with a classic finalist award and have an academic scholarship made in his name to the general scholarship fund of his college or university, as well as have travel expenses paid to the event. An overall winner will be chosen and presented with the top scholarship and bronze Rudy Award trophy.
Fans can review nominations and place their votes from Dec. 1-13 for the most deserving player at www.CollegeRudyAwards.com.