Dec. 1, 2010
Rice senior running back Kevin Pool is among 55 college football players who have been nominated for the 2010 Rudy Awards. Fans can have a hand in the selection process through an online voting option Fan voting will run from Dec. 1-13 with the three finalists being announced on January 11 in Dallas.
A senior walk-on from Pearland, Pool was nominated by head coach David Bailiff, who praised his contributions to the Owls as a member of the scout team the last three years.
"As a scout team member the entire time, his personal motivation and encouragement to his teammates never waned. As a scout team member he gave 110% every day despite the realization he would receive a minimum amount of time on the field of competition. Kevin has never complained about the absence of playing time, as his primary drive and purpose were to contribute to the strength and success of the team. Kevin never presumed that being a Rice Owl football player was all about him - quite the contrary. His self determination and motivation to accomplish his personal best always has been as a team member, for the overall success of the team."
After three years of work, Pool made his college debut in the Owls 62-38 win over East Carolina on November 20 at Rice Stadium, carrying the ball three times for a net of one yard. He was named as one of the game captains for the Owls finale vs. UAB and made the start at running back.
The Rudy Awards were created by Daniel 'Rudy' Ruettiger in 2007 to honor to honor Division I football players who brought that `something extra' to their team. Rudy, whose own story of pursuing his dream to play football at Notre Dame inspired the movie "Rudy", wanted to find the most inspirational and motivational players in America who best defined what he refers to as "The Four C's": Character, Courage, Contribution & Commitment.
Any Division I college football player, scholarship or walk-on that satisfies the following eligibility requirements may be nominated: Nominee can be any gender, age, or year in the university (Freshman through Senior). Nominee must be a player on the football team roster at some point during the 2010 season.
Nominees will be chosen by a national selection committee consisting of such esteemed sports figures as June Junes and Chuck Knox. The selection process also incorporates a fan vote for supporters of the College Football Rudy Award. The Selection Committee will vote on three finalists. Each selection committee member will evaluate nominees on a points system. The athlete receiving the most total points and votes will be the College Football Rudy Awards winner.
The winner will have an academic scholarship awarded in his name to his university and will be presented the College Football Rudy Award by Rudy Ruettiger at the Fourth Annual College Football Rudy Awards Ceremony on January 11, 2011 in Dallas, Texas at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The two Runners-up will each receive an academic scholarship awarded in their name to their respective universities and the Runner's Up Award.