Oct. 18, 2006
MORRISTOWN, N.J. - Senior quarterback Austen Everson (Brentwood, Tenn.) has been a named a semifinalist for the 2006 Draddy Trophy and a candidate for the National Football Foundation 2006 National Scholar-Athlete Awards. The Draddy Trophy is one of the most prestigious academic honors in college football, and recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.
On the field, Everson has led the Bobcats to a 4-3 overall mark and a 2-1 record in league play. The senior signal caller leads the squad with 908 passing yards and a career-best five touchdown passes. Everson is completing a career-best 57.4 percent of his throws (89-for-155). Against Northern Illinois, Everson threw for a career-best 322 yards and three touchdowns in the Bobcat victory. It was the sixth-best passing day ever for an Ohio player and the Bobcats' first 300-yard passing day since 1993.
Everson has cracked the Bobcats' all-time top 10 in nearly every major passing category. He ranks sixth in passing yards (3,138), fifth in completions (257), fifth in attempts (510), tied for 10th in touchdown passes (16) and fifth in yards per game (98.1). Everson's 116.2 yards of total offense per game in his career is seventh in the Ohio record books.
A management and strategic leadership major, Everson was a member of the 2005 Academic All-MAC squad. He is a two-time MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week, and has been named to the Ohio University Dean's List four times.
Everson is also active in the community. He has participated in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts on the Gulf Coast and worked with several youth organizations.
Everson is the second Bobcat in as many years to be named a semifinalist for the Draddy Trophy. Last season, punter Matt Miller earned the honor. Everson is one of six MAC players in the pool of 148 semifinalists that includes representatives from all levels of collegiate football including NCAA Division I-A, Division I-AA, Division II, Division III and the NAIA.
The Bobcats return home for their annual homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 21 against Buffalo. Kickoff at Peden Stadium is set for 2 p.m. For ticket information, call the Ohio Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-575-CATS.