PISCATAWAY, N.J. (June 20, 2013) – Recent Rutgers football graduate Duron Harmon (Magnolia, Del.) was named a winner of a 2012-13 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award, the conference office announced Thursday. Twenty-four student-athletes from across the conference earned the honor, which recognizes academic and athletic achievement as well as community service.
A third-round pick by the New England Patriots in April’s NFL Draft, Harmon started all 13 games and picked up All-BIG EAST First Team status for the second time in 2012. The safety collected 50 tackles and seven pass breakups in his senior year.
Harmon also impressed in the classroom by earning the team’s Scholar-Athlete Award at the banquet, given annually to the letterwinner who has the highest academic average and has demonstrated outstanding football ability. RU’s nomination for the Draddy Trophy, known as the “Academic Heisman,” he was additionally one of 10 finalists for the ARA Sportsmanship Award and the Senior CLASS Award. The labor studies major also was one of 50 semifinalists at the NCAA FBS level for the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and a three-time member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team.
The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are given to one student-athlete in each BIG EAST-sponsored sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes who have attained junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible. The winners are chosen by the BIG EAST Faculty Athletics Representative Council.
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