WILDCATS' CAPTAIN UP FOR SCHOLZ AWARD
Kyle Rogers has been nominated for the Rudy Scholz Award, given to the country's top collegiate player.
April 3- Arizona's strong regular season has featured a number of exciting moments and a major player in many of those moments received some recognition this week as Kyle Rogers was selected to the preliminary shortlist for the Rudy Scholz Award.
Rogers has put together his most impressive season to date in Tucson, leading 9th-ranked Arizona to a strong 7-2 season while starring at both Fullback and Flyhalf for the Wildcats. The Agricultural Business major from Granite Bay, California has been a crucial part of the attack and defense, contributing 5 tries and and 13 try assists, leading the team in the latter category. The 2017 First Team All American in Sevens also played a crucial role in the team's Fall Sevens campaign, helping the squad to their first PAC Sevens title in November. "Thrilled for Kyle, he is a special talent and special leader, and this is a great honor for our club to be included in an award named after a legend like Rudy Scholz" said Head Coach Sean Duffy. The Wildcats look to have locked up a playoff berth with brackets announced soon and the team hoping to build on last year's run to the Final Four.
The Rudy Scholz Award, created in the 2015-2016 season, was named for the former Santa Clara standout who won two Olympic gold medals in rugby in 1920 and 1924. The award, similar to the Heisman in College Football, recognizes the best men's Division 1 college player of the season. Previous winners include Dylan Audsley (Saint Mary's College) and Bryce Campbell (Indiana), both of whom have gone on to be capped by the US Men's national team in the past year.
This preliminary shortlist will now go to a fan vote, with said vote helping narrow down the list to four finalists and the winner selected by a panel of coaches and journalists. Voting concludes Friday April 13th. The 2017-18 Scholz Award will be presented officially at a gala dinner in Seattle on June 9.
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