Dec. 21, 2007
HENDERSON, Nev. (www.ucfathletics.com) - UCF senior linebacker Robenson Jean (Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic Community) is one of four candidates for the inaugural Rudy Award, which honors NCAA Division I student-athletes who demonstrate character, courage, contribution and commitment as members of their football teams. The award is named for Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, a former Notre Dame player who had his story told in the film Rudy.
A member of the National Guard, Jean spent over a year in Iraq from 2003-04. What began as a six-month tour of duty was extended four times. His unit, the First Battalion 124th Infantry Regiment, was one of the first infantry units to land in Baghdad.
After returning to the United States, Jean enrolled at UCF in the fall of 2004 and joined the Knights as a walk-on in 2006. He is on pace to earn his bachelor's degree in business management this spring.
Jean has made his mark on special teams for the Knights in 2007, where he has made two total tackles.
He is a finalist for the award along with Terry Clayton of Kentucky, Keegan Herring of Arizona State and Joey Stutson of LSU.
The four finalists were chosen from a field of 26 nominees. Each finalist will be presented with a framed commemorative plaque and an academic scholarship. The overall winner will receive a scholarship of $5,000 and a Rudy Award bronze statue. The three runners-up will each receive a $2,500 scholarship.
The award will be presented on Jan. 8 in Anaheim, Calif., at the American Football Coaches Association Convention.
The Knights are 10-3 this season and are set to face Mississippi State on Dec. 29 in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. The game will be aired nationally on ESPN.
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