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    McWhorter and Davis Award Nominees: Alabama

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 17 – Football player Greg McElroy and gymnast Kayla Hoffman have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship and swimmer Dan Armstrong and rower Jessica Allaway have been nominated for the Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship by the University of Alabama.
                   
    The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship has been presented by the Southeastern Conference since 1986 to the league’s top male and female scholar-athletes. 
               
    The SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship was named for former Associate Commissioner Brad Davis.  Davis succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006.  He had been a member of the SEC staff since 1988, first serving as an assistant commissioner until 1994 when he was promoted to associate commissioner.

    The Southeastern Conference will name the 2010 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on April 6 in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day.  The Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship winners will be announced on April 5.
    Highlights of the Crimson Tide’s nominees include:

    Greg McElroy, Football (Male McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee)
    •    Earned B.S. degree in Business Marketing in August 2009
    •    Completed M.S. degree in Sports Administration in December 2010
    •    Recipient, NCAA Today’s Top VIII Award, 2011
    •    Capital One/CoSIDA Football Academic All-American of the Year, 2010
    •    SEC Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year, 2010
    •    National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame National Scholar-Athlete Award, 2010
    •    President’s List and Dean’s List member
    •    Led Alabama to an undefeated season and BCS National Championship in 2009
    •    MVP of 2009 SEC Football Championship Game
    •    Captain of 2010 Alabama Football Team
    •    Finished football career with a 24-3 record as a starter (88.9 percentage)
    •    The Southlake, Texas native is the son of Greg and Jamie McElroy. 

    Kayla Hoffman, Gymnastics (Female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee)
    •    Will earn B.S. degree in Human Environmental Sciences in December 2011
    •    National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women Scholastic All-American, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10
    •    National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2008
    •    President’s List and Dean’s List member
    •    First Team All-American on Uneven Bars (2010) and Vault (2008)
    •    NCAA Regional Champion on Vault (2009, 2010) and Uneven Bars (2009)
    •    Second-team All-SEC, 2008, 2009, 2010
    •    Won 45 individual titles in career (through 10th meet of senior year)
    •    Scored 9.9 or better 68 times in career (through 10th meet of senior year)
    •    Volunteered at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa
    •    Volunteered at Huntsville Women & Children’s Clinic in Huntsville
    •    The Union, N.J. native is the daughter of Richard Hoffman and Helen Cicalese.

    Dan Armstrong, Swimming & Diving (Male Davis Community Service Nominee)
    •    Will earn a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in May 2011
    •    President’s List and Dean’s List member
    •    Bryant Award Scholar-Athlete Nominee (2010)
    •    Three-year SEC Scorer (2008, 2010, 2011)
    •    Earned three letters and served as team captain in 2011
    •    Volunteered for Laps for CF, Habitat for Humanity and Project Angel Tree
    •    Member of UA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
    •    The Madison, Ala. native is the son of Hampton and Mechelle Armstrong

    Jessica Allaway, Rowing (Female Davis Community Service Nominee)
    •    Will earn a B.S. degree in Biology in May 2011
    •    President’s List and Dean’s List member
    •    Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society member
    •    Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
    •    Earned a gold medal at the SIRA Championships as part of UA’s First Varsity 4+
    •    Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete Award
    •    Member of UA’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
    •    Volunteered for Project Angel Tree and Halloween Extravaganza
    •    The Tuscaloosa, Ala. native is the daughter of Arthur and Beth Allaway.

    The SEC Office will be releasing each of its institution’s nominees periodically until the April 6 winners are announced.  The schedule is as follows:
                   
    Alabama – McWhorter:  Greg McElroy, football (male); Kayla Hoffman, gymnastics (female) / Davis:  Dan Armstrong, swimming & diving (male); Jessica Allaway, rowing (female).
                Arkansas – March 18
                Auburn – March 21
                Florida – March 22
                Georgia – March 23
                Kentucky – March 24
                LSU – March 25
                Ole Miss – March 28
                Miss. State – March 29
                South Carolina – March 30
                Tennessee – March 31
                Vanderbilt – April 1
                    
    National Student-Athlete Day was created in 1987 by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, and presented by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
                   
    National Student-Athlete Day is held each April 6 to celebrate outstanding student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics while having made significant contributions to the community. It is also a time to recognize those parents, teachers, coaches and school systems which make it possible for young people to find the balance between academics and athletics.
                   
    Each year, the SEC, in conjunction with AT&T, an SEC Corporate Champion sponsor, provides the league’s male and female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients with a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship.  The 22 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship.  The Davis Award recipients each receive a $6,000 post-graduate scholarship, provided by the SEC.  The 22 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $3,000 post-graduate scholarship.
    The award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 12 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla. on June 3.
                   
    Last year’s McWhorter Award recipients were Auburn swimmer Jordan Anderson and Tennessee track & field athlete Phoebe Wright.  The Davis Award recipients were Georgia track & field athlete John Egan and Auburn gymnast Krissy Voss.