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Josh Liddell a finalist for NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award

IRVING, Texas (FootballFoundation.org) – The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the names of the 36 finalists for the 2014 NFF High School National Scholar-Athlete Awards, which will honor one young man from each of the country's five regions as the best and the brightest for their accomplishments as athletes, scholars and citizens at the high school level. The five winners, who are now playing college football, are being recognized for their previous accomplishments in high school and will be announced the week of Oct. 9.

“The NFF Chapter Network continues to grow and excel, and their work this year has allowed us to identify these exceptional 36 scholar-athletes who have clearly established themselves among the best in the nation,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “It will be a difficult task to select one from each region as the absolute best. Each possesses incredible talent in all facets of their lives, and it is a tremendous honor for us to highlight their accomplishments.”

With 120 chapters and more than 12,000 members, the NFF Chapter Network impacts more than 500,000 student-athletes at 4,800 high schools in 47 states each year. The centerpiece of their efforts are the annual chapter awards banquets, which recognize more than 3,500 of the nation's top scholar-athletes and distribute more than $1 million in scholarships. From this pool of 3,500 scholar-athletes, the chapters have nominated 36 individuals in 2014 as finalists for the highly sought-after NFF High School National Scholar-Athlete Awards. During the week of Oct. 9, a national committee will select and announce the five winners, one from each region.

The five winners will travel to New York City to be honored during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. First bestowed in 1991, the NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards have become one of the most prestigious high school honors in the country. Criteria for the award include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accolades and community involvement.

East Region Nominees

Nicholas DeMarie from Hamilton High School North-Nottingham in Hamilton, N.J. Nominated by the NFF Delaware Valley (N.J.) Chapter and currently playing at the University of Pennsylvania.Jacob Del Priore from Southern Lehigh High School in Center Valley, Pa. Nominated by the NFF Lehigh Valley (Pa.) Chapter and currently playing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.James Kretkowski from Oceanside High School in Oceanside, N.Y. Nominated by the NFF Nassau County (N.Y.) Chapter and currently playing at the University of Delaware.James McLaughlin from W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Va. Nominated by the NFF National Capital (D.C.) Chapter and currently playing at Georgetown University.Ryan Robertson from Walkersville High School in Walkersville, Md. Nominated by the NFF Greater Baltimore Chapter and currently playing at the United States Coast Guard Academy (Ct.).Joe Salter from James Caldwell High School in West Caldwell, N.J. Nominated by the NFF Essex County (N.J.) Chapter and currently playing at Princeton University.Steve Weyler from Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield, Pa. Nominated by the NFF Philadelphia Chapter and currently playing at Villanova University.

Midwest Region Nominees

Bronson Bruneau from Lakeville North High School in Lakeville, Minn. Nominated by the NFF Minnesota Chapter and currently playing at Duke University.Owen Mattingly from Our Lady of Providence High School in Clarksville, Ind. Nominated by the NFF Southern Indiana Chapter and currently playing at Indiana University.Ben Oxley from Avon Lake High School in Avon Lake, Ohio. Nominated by the NFF Mike Cleary/Northeast Ohio Chapter and currently playing at Northwestern University.Andrew Ralph from Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Ind. Nominated by the NFF Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter and currently playing at Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.).Max Scharping from Southwest High School in Green Bay, Wis. Nominated by the NFF Wisconsin Chapter and currently playing at Northern Illinois University.Mitch Turley from Westfield High School in Westfield, Ind. Nominated by the NFF Central Indiana Chapter and currently playing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Northeast Region Nominees

Jon Baker from Millis High School in Millis, Mass. Nominated by the NFF Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter and currently playing at Boston College.Nicholas Crowle from Fairfield College Preparatory School in Fairfield, Conn. Nominated by the NFF Casey-O'Brien/New Haven (Conn.) Chapter and currently playing at Yale University.Kyran McKinney-Crudden from Glastonbury High School in Glastonbury, Conn. Nominated by the Northern Connecticut Chapter and currently playing at Dartmouth College.Kyle Reisert from Plymouth Regional High School in Plymouth, N.H. Nominated by the NFF Joe Yukica/New Hampshire Chapter and currently playing at the University of New Hampshire.Jedidiah Scott from Sanford High School in Sanford, Maine. Nominated by the NFF State of Maine Chapter and currently playing at Assumption College (Mass.).

South Region Nominees

Richard James Bush from Plant High School in Tampa, Fla. Nominated by the NFF Tampa (Fla.) Chapter and currently playing at Princeton University.Daniel Crochet from St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta. Nominated by the NFF Touchdown Club of Atlanta Chapter and currently playing at Cornell University.Antwuan Elliott from Sanderson High School in Raleigh, N.C. Nominated by the NFFCHOF Bill Dooley (N.C.) Chapter and currently playing at Campbell University.Stanton Keane from Lubbock-Cooper High School in Lubbock, Texas. Nominated by the NFF Texas Tech Chapter and currently playing at Texas Tech University.Todd Kelly Jr. from Webb School of Knoxville in Knoxville, Tenn. Nominated by the NFF East Tennessee Chapter and currently playing at the University of Tennessee.Joshua Liddell from Dollarway High School in Pine Bluff, Ark. Nominated by the NFF Little Rock Touchdown Club Chapter and currently playing at the University of Arkansas.Zachary Miller from Stratford High School in Houston. Nominated by the NFF Touchdown Club of Houston Chapter and currently playing at Harvard University.Christian Miller from Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C. Nominated by the NFF Midlands (S.C.) Chapter and currently playing at the University of Alabama.Sean O'Brien from Pope John Paul II Catholic High School in Slidell, La. Nominated by the NFF Allstate Sugar Bowl (La.) Chapter and currently playing at Rhodes College (Tenn.).Mason Ruzicka from Cedar Hill High School in Cedar Hill, Texas. Nominated by the NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Chapter and currently playing at Southwest Baptist University (Mo.).Tyler Swafford from Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, Tenn. Nominated by the NFF Middle Tennessee Chapter and currently playing at Eastern Kentucky University.Dominic Volpe from Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tenn. Nominated by the NFF Memphis Chapter and currently playing at Washington & Lee University (Va.).

West Region Nominees

Timothy Haehl from Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Wash. Nominated by the NFF King County/Seattle Chapter and currently playing at Harvard University.Jimmie Hill from Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach, Calif. Nominated by the NFF Walter J. Zable/San Diego Chapter and currently playing at Harvard University.Christian McCaffrey from Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Nominated by the NFF Colorado Chapter and currently playing at Stanford University.Kenny Smart from Central Catholic High School in Modesto, Calif. Nominated by the NFF Sacramento Valley (Calif.) Chapter and currently playing at Harvard University.Jamie Stewart from El Segundo High School in El Segundo, Calif. Nominated by the NFF Los Angeles Chapter and currently playing at Harvard University.Zachary Werlinger from Basha High School in Chandler, Ariz. Nominated by the NFF Valley of the Sun (Ariz.) Chapter and currently playing at the University of Arizona.

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