Jan. 23, 2003
COLUMBUS, Ohio - University of Arizona senior quarterback Jason Johnson was named winner of the 2003 Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award today, as the outstanding man in Division I athletics.
The awards are presented to a male and female in each of Division I, II and III by the University & Northwest Sertoma Club of Columbus. Johnson was joined by basketball player Lauren Shenk of Ohio State, men's soccer player Casey Swanson of North Vernon Nazarene University, sprinter Jill Theeler of North Dakota State University, receiver and sprinter Andrew Hilliard of the University of St. Thomas and soccer/basketball player Andrea Pawliczek of Emory University.
The six combined for a grade point average of 3.9, more than 50 all-conference to All-America titles, and a host of activities ranging from tutoring to volunteering at food banks and various other community service projects.
The awards will be presented at a dinner baquet in Columbus on Feb. 7, with keynote speaker the 2002 National Coach of the Year, Jim Tressel of Ohio State.
Johnson, of Puyallup, Wash., earned Academic All-Pac-10 first-team quarterback honors for the second consecutive season, was a Verizon District VIII first-team Academic pick, won a berth on the American Football Coaches "Good Works Team," started in the East-West Shrine Game and completed his final year at UA with more than a dozen single-season, career or top-10 marks in passing and total offense. He was named the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player for 2002.
He completed his undergraduate degree in mid 2001 with a 3.79 GPA in business management, then was a honors graduate student in religious studies his last two semesters. He was a fourt-time winner of the UA athletics department's Mary Roby Academic Achievement Award. Among his community activities were the Fellowship for Christian Athletes, Drug Free School Program, youth basketball coaching, Adopt a Family, Race for a Cure Cancer Walk and UA off-campus role modeling speakers' engagements.