Caudill Receives Award at Hall of Fame Luncheon

Jeremy posing with ESPN College Game Day host Lee Corso.
Freshman defensive tackle Jeremy Caudill received the National High School Scholar-Athlete Award as given by The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame on Tues., Dec. 12, at the annual National Football Foundation Awards Luncheon in New York City.

Caudill is one of four student-athletes from across the country who received the award, which is based on achievements during the 1999-2000 academic year. The award is given to those who exemplify the term scholar-athlete, successfully combining the right mix of academics, athletics, and citizenship during their high school careers. Representing thousands of high schools across the nation, more than 3,000 scholar-athletes are honored each year by chapters of The National Football Foundation. From these, the NFF selects one scholar-athlete from each of its four regions to receive this prestigious recognition.

Jeremy speaking at the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame Luncheon at the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
Caudill represented the NFFs Midwest Region. He was nominated by the Jerry Claiborne Chapter of the National Football Foundation, which covers Central and Eastern Kentucky. The awards luncheon was held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, and Caudill gave the acceptance speech on behalf of the four high school honorees.

"On behalf of the 2000 honorees, I would like to thank the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame for selecting us for this very prestigious award. I also give thanks to Jesus Christ, for without Him, none of this would be possible," Caudill said during the speech.

"Throughout the years we have been able to accomplish our goals because of the love and support given us to us by many people, including our parents, teachers, family, friends, and coaches."

Jeremy stops for a photo with the three other participants of the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award.

Caudill, whose home is in Martin, Ky., graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average and ranked first in his class at Prestonsburg High School. Among his numerous awards, he received the State of Kentucky Scholastic Achievement Honor, the prestigious Rutherford Salyers Award as the outstanding senior student-athlete, the Presidential Award for Educational Excellence, and was invited to participate in the prestigious Merit Scholar Program at the University of Kentucky. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Whos Who Among American High School Students, and Whos Who Among American High School Athletes.

On the field, Caudill utilized a remarkable combination of size, speed, and strength to play as a defensive lineman and fullback. In addition to earning all-conference honors four years and all-state recognition twice, he gained national attention when being named Parade All-America, Street and Smiths All-America, Prep Senior and SuperPrep All-America and to the All-Southeast Region Dream Team. He also starred in weightlifting and track and still holds three state records in bench press, dead lift, and total combined weights.

Jeremy takes a break to sightsee in the city.

Adding to a full slate of activities, Jeremy presided over the Science and Spanish Clubs as their president and was recognized as a Kentucky Scholar. He also tutored physically and mentally challenged students in high school, participated in the Walk for Life Cancer Drive, and was chairman of the Feed the Animals Drive at the local shelter, raised funds for the UNICEF and organized the schools annual blood drive.

Currently a freshman at the University of Kentucky, Caudill plans to major in biology as a pre-medical school curriculum. On the field, he started all 11 games at defensive tackle during the 2000 season. He made 20 tackles. He was credited with 6.5 tackles for loss (-27 yards), including two quarterback sacks (-18). He had one fumble recovery.

Jeremy is the son of John and Karen Caudill. In addition to Jeremy, the other three national winners include Timothy Kirby of San Mateo, Calif.; Wesley McConnell of Ruston, La.; and Joe Weiss of Linwood, N. J.