Jeb Huckeba Named as a Finalist for Bobby Bowd
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas senior defensive end Jeb Huckeba has been named as one of three finalists for the Bobby Bowden Award, presented annually by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In its second year, the Bobby Bowden Award recognizes the Division IA football player who epitomizes the student-athlete who conducts himself as a faith model in the community, in the classroom and on the field. The nominee must have a 3.0 GPA or better. He must also have the backing of the Athletic Director and the Head Football coach.
A total of 27 nominees were submitted for the award. From the nominees three finalists were chosen to attend the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Breakfast at the BCS National Championship site in Miami on Dec. 31, 2004. The three finalists are Billy Bajema from Oklahoma State University, David Greene of the University of Georgia and Jeb Huckeba from the University of Arkansas.
Huckeba is a member of the 2002, 2003, 2004 SEC Academic Honor Rolls. He was rated as the top defensive end against the run in the SEC by The Sporting News. In 2004, he earned first team All-SEC honors after making 56 tackles, including 13.0 tackles for loss (-51). He is President of the Student-Advisory committee. He was selected to the SEC Good Works Team earlier this year. He is a member of the Arkansas Athletes Outreach who for the past two summers has gone to Honduras to help construct homes and conduct sports camps.
“We have put a lot of trust in Jeb and he has never let us down,” Head Football Coach Houston Nutt said in a letter of support for Huckeba’s candidacy. “We have never been concerned that he would do anything that would embarrass the department or the University of Arkansas, as an athlete or in his private life.”
Billy Bajema is a four year starter for Oklahoma State at tight end. For his career he ahs 43 receptions for 680 yards and one touchdown. He is a 2004 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete which comes with an $18,000 award. He is a pre-med student with a 3.7 grade point average. According to Athletic Director Harry Birdwell, “Oklahoma State University is a better place because Billy Bajema has been one of our student-athletes.” Billy has spoken to over 50,000 students in local high schools about his faith while attending OSU.
David Greene is the quarterback for the University of Georgia. David is a Dean’s List student. He is a 2004 National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Postgraduate Scholarship Recipient ($18,000). Led Georgia to back to back 11- plus wins seasons and six national finish seasons. Led the team to back to back SEC championships. He was named to the 2003 American Football Coaches Association’s Good Works Team.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a religious non-profit organization which oversees huddles (clubs) in junior highs, high schools and colleges. Since 1954 FCA has used successful men/women in athletics as role models as a means of influencing America’s youth.
2004 Bobby Bowden Award Nominees
(Finalists in Bold)
Name – University, GPA, Position
Billy Bajema – Oklahoma State, 3.7, Tight End
Blade Bassler – University of Houston, 3.27, Receiver
Bryce Benekos – University of Texas at El Paso, 3.4, Punter
Ryan Carter – U. S. Air Force Academy, 3.56, Defensive Line
Sean Considine – University of Iowa, 3.32, Defensive Back
Jon Giesel – University of California, 3.5, Offensive Line
David Greene – University of Georgia, 3.2, Quarterback
Chris Jones – Arkansas State, 3.15, Defensive Back
Brian Leonard – Rutgers University, 3.16, Running Back
Casey Miranda – San Jose State, 3.2, Receiver
Stevie Stigall – University of Texas at Austin, 3.2, Tight End
Orin Thompson – Duke University, 3.0, Defensive Line
Zac Woodfin – UAB, 3.0, Linebacker
Curt Daniels – West Point, 3.5, Defensive Back
Josh Haldi – Northern Illinois University, 3.89, Quarterback
Mike Johnson – Kansas State University, 3.0, Offensive Lineman
Rob Robertson – University of Mississippi, 3.95, Linebacker
Morgan Scalley – University of Utah, 3.95, Defensive Back
Jon Beutjer – University of Illinois, 3.7, Quarterback
Bobby Gardner – University of Akron, 3.4, Defensive Back
Jason Respert – University of Tennessee, 3.0, Offensive Lineman
Philip Yost – Auburn University, 3.0, Kicker
Jason Brown – University of North Carolina, 3.0, Offensive Lineman
Jeb Huckeba – University of Arkansas, 3.23, Defensive Lineman
Luke Johnson – University of Southern Mississippi, 3.44, Punter
James Killian – Tulsa University, 3.49, Quarterback
Steve Kriewald – University of Nebraska, 3.1, Running Back
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