March 30, 2009
TUCSON--Arizona graduating senior offensive tackle James Tretheway was honored with the Ricky Hunley Award as the outstanding college player among scholar-athlete awards bestowed Sunday by the Southern Arizona chapter of the National Football Foundation.
Tretheway, a second-team Pacific-10 All-Academic selection, took over a starting job part way through the 2009 season and had his best year, helping the offensive front become a cohesive factor in the Wildcats' 8-5 campaign and Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl Championship.
He carried a cumulative 3.394 grade point average as an economics major and should be positioned for an NFL free-agent tryout after the draft in April if he chooses to enter professional ball.
The NFF dinner at the university's Student Union Memorial building featured former Arizona linebackers coach Tom Roggeman as a the keynote speaker and honored the well-rounded accomplishments of local high school student-athletes - Sergio Canez of Amphi, Eric Dalton of Sabino, Steven Dennis of Catalina foothills, Raul Gonzalez of Tucson, Bryce Harshman of Sabino, Nick McDaniels of Salpointe, Seth Mejias-Brean of Ciengea, Issac Morris of Thatcher, Juan Quiroga of Patagonia Union, Andrew Roche of Cienega and Mario Valdez of Rio Rico.
The receipients were chosen based on academics, athletics, character, citizenship and community service.
The honor Tretheway 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.