March 6, 2006

Doughty Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

March 6, 2006

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INDIANAPOLIS - University of Northern Colorado senior football defensive back Reed Doughty was one of 58 student-athletes who were awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for fall sports, as announced by the NCAA on Monday.

He is the 19th Northern Colorado student-athlete to earn the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship since 1968, the 10th Bears student-athlete to earn the honor since 2000 and the seventh to earn the award since the fall of 2003.

The epitome of a student-athlete, Doughty compiled a perfect 4.0 gpa, was the top vote-getter on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American team in 2005 as well as one of 16 finalists for the 2005 Draddy Trophy (a.k.a. The Academic Heisman), for which he won an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. He completed his degree in sports and exercise science and graduated on Dec. 10.

This past season, Doughty finished fourth in voting for the Buck Buchanan Award (given to I-AA's top defensive player) and was an unanimous All-American selection, earning honors from the Associated Press, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Sports Network, American Football Coaches Association, Don Hansen's Football Gazette (who named him their I-AA Defensive Back of the Year for the second consecutive season) and CollegeSportsReport.com as well as being named to the I-AA.org All-Star Team. He capped a stellar career by leading all of I-AA in tackles in 2005, registering 159 stops (14.45/game) during the season, including a season-high 19 against 2005 NCAA Playoff participant Cal Poly. Doughty had double-digit tackles in 10 of 11 games during the year and ranked in the top-10 in the Great West Football Conference in forced fumbles (3), fumbles recovered (3), passes defended (8) and interceptions (4). He capped his career by ranking third in school history in career tackles (466), fifth in career interceptions (14) and eighth in career fumble recoveries (6).

The NCAA awarded 58 postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each to 29 male student-athletes and 29 female student-athletes who participated in fall sports, which included women's badminton (emerging sport), men's and women's cross country, women's equestrian (emerging sport), women's field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's water polo.

In addition to the fall sport honorees, the NCAA also awards 116 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes participating in winter and spring sports in which the NCAA conducts championships or participates in as an emerging sport, for a total of 174 postgraduate scholarships annually.

To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 (on a 4.000 scale) or its equivalent, and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated. The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.

Nomination information is sent to faculty athletics representatives for fall sports in September, for winter sports in late November, and for spring sports in January. Selections are made three times each academic year. The nomination must be submitted during the appropriate seasonal category for the sport to the appropriate regional committee chair. Candidates are screened by seven regional selection committees, and the award recipients are selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.

For more information about the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program, go to www.ncaa.org, select Academics & Athletes, then select Scholarships & Internships.

Northern Colorado Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients
Dennis Colson (Men's Basketball ) - 1968
Larry Wagner (Wrestling) - 1971
Robert Bliss (Football) - 1976
Toby Moser (Men's Basketball) - 1990
Rebecca Frahm (Track & Field) - 1990
Tom Langer (Football) - 1991
Dana Cash (Volleyball) - 1994
Deb Ponis (Volleyball) - 1996
Missy McVoy (Women's Basketball) - 1998
Corte McGuffey (Football) - 2000
Kim Schiemenz (Track & Field/Volleyball) - 2000
Katie Hostetler-Farris (Cross Country) - 2001
Miranda Ernst (Cross Country) - 2003
Teale Goble (Volleyball)- 2003
Callie (Whitlock) Schoenherr (Track & Field) - 2003
Cabel Rohloff (Football) - 2003
Ben Brittenham (Track & Field) - 2004
Erin Deffenbaugh (Volleyball) - 2004
Reed Doughty (Football) - 2005