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Cal U's Price in select company

| Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005

California University senior linebacker Lloyd Price is in select company.

Price is among the country's 184 semi-finalists for the Draddy Trophy.

Known as the "Academic" Heisman, the Draddy Trophy is named after former National Football Foundation Chairman Vincent dePaul Draddy, a Manhattan College quarterback who founded the the Izod and Lacoste brands. The award comes with 24-inch, 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.

Nominees must be seniors or graduate students in their final year of eligibility with grade point averages over 3.0.

The 184 players come from NCAA Division I-A, I-AA, II, III and the NAIA.

Price is one of 20 Division II gridders with the Ringgold High graduate and Edinboro linebacker Seth Fragale the only PSAC representatives.

Penn State quarterback Michael Robinson is the only Pennsylvanian on the Division I-A list.

Fifteen finalists will be named Oct. 27 with the winner being announced at the 48th annual National Football Foundation Awards Dinner Dec. 6 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Each finalist will be recognized that night and receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship.

Air Force's Chris Howard was the first Draddy winner in 1990 followed by Florida's John Culpepper, Colorado's Jim Hansen, Virginia's Thomas Burns, Nebraska's Bob Zatechka, Ohio State's Bobby Hoying, Florida's Danny Wuerffel, Tennessee's Peyton Manning, Georgia's Matt Stinchcomb, Marshall's Chad Pennington, Nebraska's Kyle Vanden Bosch, Miami's Joaquin Gonzalez, Washington (Mo.) University's Brandon Roberts, Ohio State's Craig Krenzel and Tennessee's Michael Munoz.

Price is enjoying a banner season with the 5-2 Vulcans.

With 81 tackles for an 11.6 average, Price holds a slim lead over Cheyney sophomore Brandon Hawkins who averages 11 tackles.

Ironically, Hawkins will be playing at Adamson Stadium Saturday against the Vulcans.

Despite knocking off nationally ranked Edinboro, the Vulcans are 12th in the latest Northeast Region rankings.

The PSAC East's Bloomsburg and East Stroudsburg are one and two, followed by Shepherd, C.W. Post, Bentley, West Chester, Edinboro, Southern Connecticut, Bryant, American International ad Glenville State.

-- Monessen's Matt Stark is one of the few bright spots for the Dickinson College football team.

A freshman kicker, Stark is the leading scorer for the 2-4 Red Devils with 29 points on seven of 10 field goals and eight of nine extra points.

Stark kicked four field goals in Saturday's 25-22 triple overtime win over McDaniel in Carlisle to snap a four-game losing skid. He hit 19, 27, 34 and 20 yarders in the contest after missing a 38 yarder. Stark's longest three-pointer in college was a 35 yarder against Kings Point.

-- Friday's Elizabeth Forward at Ringgold football game will be televised on cable by PCN but won't be shown until the following day at 9 p.m.

-- The WPIAL Board of Control approved the transfer of gridder Jonathan Skursha from Elizabeth Forward to Thomas Jefferson and track member Royce Underwood from Beaver Falls to Elizabeth Forward.

And thanks to Lee Jones of Monessen who says the heaviest thing to carry is a grudge!

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