NIU's Jon Brost Earns a Pair of Honors

NIU's Jon Brost Earns a Pair of Honors

DeKALB, Ill. – Northern Illinois offensive tackle Jon Brost, a senior who carries a 3.6 grade point average in electrical engineering and has been the top offensive lineman for the 2-2 Huskies this year, earned a pair of honors this week based on his athletic and academic accomplishments.

Brost was named one of 164 semifinalists for the 2008 Draddy Trophy, presented annually by the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame to honor football players who combine the best in academic and athletic accomplishment. The 15 finalists for the Draddy Trophy, which will be announced October 29, will be named winners of the NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards and each will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. Brost is one of 57 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) semifinalists and one of four Mid-American Conference players on the semifinalist list.

Each school can nominate just one player for the Draddy Tropy. Semifinalists must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

Former Northern Illinois quarterback Josh Haldi was one of eight recipients of the NFF Scholar-Athlete Award in 2004. For a complete list of the 2008 semifinalists, go to www.footballfoundation.com ( http://www.footballfoundation.com/ ).

"Jon is a guy who is not going to say much, but he leads by example," said NIU head coach Jerry Kill. "He is a mature and focused individual who prepares the same way in the classroom and on the football field. Anytime you have someone with his character, the players know him and know what he stands for and that's a positive influence on the team."

Brost admits that balancing football and his very demanding engineering class work is often challenging.

"It's a squeeze on your time," he said. "The engineering homework is pretty difficult and it can take all night. For me, the football is the easy part.

"This is a great honor to be included on this list," Brost, a native of Maple Grove, Minn., continued. "Everyone always notices the football part but to get recognized for the educational aspect of what we do and to get recognized for the work off the field is special."

In addition to the national honor, Brost was named the MAC's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week this week, the second Huskie football player to be honored this season. The MAC Scholar Athletes of the Week are selected by the league's faculty athletics representatives with athletes from across all sports nominated each week and considered for the award.

Brost earned the MAC honor based on his performance, as well as the play of the entire Northern Illinois offensive line, in NIU's 37-0 victory over Eastern Michigan last Saturday. Northern Illinois rushed for 235 yards and four different backs ran for scores in the game. The Huskies' starting right tackle for 38 straight games dating back to 2005, Brost has twice been named Northern Illinois' offensive lineman of the week by his coaches in four games so far this year.

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