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Wilcox Earns NFF Honors
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 01, 2011
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March 1, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. - Anthony Wilcox, a senior safety on the Arizona football team in 2010, will be among a handful of scholar-athletes honored by the Southern Arizona chapter of the National Football Foundation when he receives the Ricky Hunley Award in April.

Wilcox, who started nine games as a senior last fall, was named a first-team Pacific-10 All-Academic selection in December. On the season, Wilcox registered 46 tackles and broke up nine passes, while helping lead Arizona to a third-straight bowl game.

On Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 5:30pm the Southern Arizona Chapter of The National Football Foundation will be honoring eleven outstanding high school seniors at their annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner. The event will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Student Union Memorial Building on The University of Arizona Campus. Former University of Arizona star Jay Dobyns will be the keynote speaker.

Student-athletes being honored that night will be Kevin Ackerley from Sahuaro High School, Jacob Arzouman from Salpointe Catholic High School, Nathan Brooks and Nick Hawkins from Sabino High School, Daniel Goodman from Desert View High School, Shawn Kobylinski from Catalina Foothills High School, Daniel McLead and Tyler Vance from Pusch Ridge Christian, Jordan Mills and Javier Olono from Cienega High School, and Aaron Noel from Mountain View High School. In addition, Arizona Wildcat Anthony Wilcox will be given the Ricky Hunley Award as the outstanding collegiate athlete and Amphi Football Coach Vern Friedli will be presented the Joe Kearney Award for Outstanding Contributions to Amateur Football Award.

The Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner recognizes the top student-athletes chosen from a field of nominees selected by the Southern Arizona Chapter Committee. Applicants are judged on academics, athletics, character, citizenship and service. To date, 36 of the 42 high schools in Southern Arizona have had scholar-athletes honored. The chapter has awarded over $120,000 in scholarship grants as well as awarding over $2,500 to your football programs in Tucson.

Tickets for this event are $40 per person and are available by calling 520-621-5233 The receipients were chosen based on academics, athletics, character, citizenship and community service.

The honor Wilcox earned is named in honor of Hunley, a former Arizona All-American linebacker (1980-83), a member of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame, and a former NFL veteran, a college coaching veteran and a member of the UA Sports Hall of Fame.

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