Making the Grade
$18,000 Postgraduate Scholarship
Chris Ganious, senior football running back, earned an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship by being named a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy which goes to the absolute best scholar-athlete in the country.
Ganious has had a stellar career for the Coyotes both on and off the field. He moved into third all-time in rushing this season in school history with 2,760 yards. Ganious has lettered all three years as a Coyote and earned All-Great West Conference first team honors as a sophomore and junior. He also earned Capital One First Team Academic All-America honors in 2011. In the classroom, Ganious' accomplishments are just as impressive. He carries a 3.81 GPA in psychology and plans on attending P.A. school after graduation in May.The following is reprinted with permission from the Argus Leader, Nov. 26, 2011.
As part of its first Division I recruiting effort, the University of South Dakota brought in an undersized running back named Chris Ganious with great career numbers at a Texas prep football powerhouse called North Shore. A few anonymous voices, on websites and blogs, cited Ganious as an example of the new horrors awaiting a program aspiring to be competitive at a higher level. He had great stats at a big Houston school. Why South Dakota? There have to be some issues here. Five years later, Ganious is a National Football Federation national scholar-athlete award winner and one of 16 college football players in the nation who are finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, commonly referred to as the "academic Heisman." Read the entire story.