IU’s Ben Chappell a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award-winner

Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell, an ebodiment of the student-athlete ideal throughout his career, was announced Thursday as one of 16 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award recipients. The award entails an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship.

Chappell is now eligible to win the 21st-annual William V. Campbell Trophy, signifying the top student-athlete in the nation.

“This is an incredible honor,” IU football coach Bill Lynch said for the school’s press release on Chappell’s award. “He means so much to our entire program and is a special young man. We could not be happier for Ben.”

Chappell is currently leading the Big Ten in passing. He has completed 184-of-278 passes (66.2 percent) for 2,137 yards and 17 TDs this seaason, throwing for 305.3 yards per game with a 146.6 passing efficiency heading into Saturday’s home game with Northwestern.

Already a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, the former Bloomington High School South standout is now working toward his MBA in business systems and accounting. He completed his bachelor’s degree in accounting on June 30, 2010, with a 3.70 GPA.

“Ben Chappell carries all the qualities we are looking for in a student-athlete,” IU athletic director Fred Glass said in the press release. “He is an exemplary student, a leader on the field and a model citizen in the community. We congratulate him on this honor and are proud to have him represent Indiana University.”

NFF chairman Archie Manning, whose sons Peyton (a Campbell winner) and Eli were NFF National Scholar Athletes in 1997 and 2003 respectively, noted in the release that:
“The 2010 National Scholar-Athlete Class represents all that is right about college football. They have balanced practice with difficult majors like mechanical engineering and biology. They’ve also taken their passion for helping others beyond their local communities, taking medical and mission trips overseas to help those less fortunate than themselves. They are prime role models for future generations of young men in this country.”

The 2010 class of 16 will be honored at the 2010 NFF Annual Awards Dinner December 7 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The event will also include the induction of the 2010 College Football Hall of Fame Class and the presentation of several major awards, including the organization’s highest honor, the Gold Medal, to American icon Bill Cosby and the Distinguished American Award to renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw.

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  1. Ben appears to be an outstanding young man, a complete young man. He serves as a great example to the young boys in/around Bloomington and the State. Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs Chappell for raising him right.

    I hope he has a couple more wins in him before his playing career ends. He deserves to celebrates some success on the field as well.

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