Caudill Chosen for National High School Scholar-Athlete Award

Kentucky freshman defensive tackle Jeremy Caudill is one of only four student-athletes who have been chosen for the National High School Scholar-Athlete Award as given by The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

The award recognizes four student-athletes from around the country 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.

Caudill represents the Midwest Region. He was nominated by the Jerry Claiborne Chapter of The National Football Foundation, which covers Central and Eastern Kentucky.

"To be selected as one of only four scholar-athletes in the entire nation is quite a tribute to these young men," said NFF Chairman, Jon F. Hanson. "Each year, we are amazed by the achievements of the honorees, and this year's group is particularly extraordinary, with each recording a remarkable 4.0 grade-point average."' Ceremonies to honor the scholar-athletes will take place at The National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Luncheon, Dec. 12, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

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 Reatherford 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, Who's Who Among American High School Students, and Who's Who Among American High School Athletes.

On the field, Caudill utilized a remarkable combination of size, speed and strength to play both as a defensive lineman and fullback. In addition to earning all-conference honors four years and all-state recognition twice, he gained national attention being named Parade All-America, Street and Smith's 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.

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, was chairman of the Feed the Animals Drive at the local shelter, raised funds for the UNICEF and organized the school's Annual Blood Drive.

Currently a freshman at the University of Kentucky, Caudill plans to major in biology as a pre-medical school curriculum. He has started all four games at defensive tackle. He has made seven tackles this season, including one quarterback sack.

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



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