University of Nevada senior wide receiver Andy McIntosh was nominated for the SECOND ANNUAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL RUDY AWARD, it was announced today by The Rudy Foundation 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The award honors student-athletes who demonstrate exemplary CHARACTER, COURAGE, CONTRIBUTION and COMMITMENT as members of their collegiate football teams. These same traits were immortalized in the blockbuster film “RUDY” in 27 seconds and against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, enabling Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger to carve his name into college football lore.
Every Division I Conference and 53 of its 120 football programs submitted nominations for the 2008 Award, nearly double the number of applications from the inaugural year in 2007.
Andy McIntosh, it was stated in the nomination materials, has spent most of his college career on the scout team and always gives his best without complaining. A walk-on from nearby Minden of strong character and integrity, McIntosh overcome the hardship of his mother's passing in 2007 to be named a special teams captain and earn a scholarship for the 2008 season. McIntosh excels off the field, being named WAC Academic All-Conference, with a 3.71 GPA as a dual major in finance and economics. He gives of his time to the community as well, reading to local elementary school children and volunteering for the Boys and Girls Club, among others.
Three RUDY AWARD finalists will be chosen by the Selection Committee and honored at a breakfast to be held in conjunction with the American Football Coaches Association Convention on January 12, 2009, at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. Rudy Ruettiger will personally present the awards.