Russell Wilson has been named the Arthur Ashe Jr. Male Sports Scholar of the Year by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education for exemplifying high achievement in scholarship, athleticism and community service as announced today by the organization.
Wilson, a 4.0 GPA graduate business student who juggled professional baseball and college football last year, was drafted in the fourth round by the Colorado Rockies in 2010 and played minor league baseball over the summer. This past fall he led the Wolfpack to a 9-4 record and was named MVP of the Champs Sports Bowl in the win over West Virginia.
A second-team All-ACC selection, Wilson led the league in total offense (3,998 yards) with the fourth highest single-season total in league history. He also led the ACC in touchdown responsibility (37), the second-best single-season total for an ACC player, and in touchdown passes (28).
Wilson completed his junior season ranked eighth on the ACC career total offense list with 9,628 yards, 13th in passing yardage (9,377), second in touchdown responsibility (93) and third in touchdown passes (76).
As an Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar nominee, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport; maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2; and be active on their campuses or in their communities. This year, nearly 600 U.S. male and female student-athletes were nominated by their schools for the honor.