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.

Brewer, Council in; Burks out

James Brewer and Richard Council are both listed as probable in the last injury report prior to Saturday’s game against Northwestern.

IU could certainly use Brewer back at right tackle, and Council is now needed in terms of depth at cornerback.

That’s because Adrian Burks is out with a hip injury.

That leaves Council, Andre Kates and Greg Heban at one corner spot contending for time, with Matt Ernest at the other position.

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Here’s a taste of what we got from Big Ten Media Day in Chicago. First, some basic news.

Junior guard Verdell Jones attended Media Day in a walking boot, but said he’s just day to day and expects to be fine for the season opener on Nov. 12 against Florida Gulf Coast. Tom Crean said sophomore forward Derek Elston has also missed time for a number of injuries. One of those was an ankle, which kept him out of a practice about a week ago. Sophomore guard Maurice Creek is still taking a day off practice every few days. It’s no longer one on, one off, but he has days that he does strictly rehabilitation instead of on-court workouts. Crean said they don’t take it all that easy on him when he does practice.

Michigan State was picked to finish first in the Big Ten, followed by Ohio State and Purdue. Michigan State guard Kalin Lucas was picked as the Preseason Player of the Year. Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore, Illinois’ Demetri McCamey and Wisconsin’s Jon Leuer joined him on the Preseason All-Big Ten First Team.

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