Two Husky football players gain national spotlight for community services and academics
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
A commitment to community service and a desire to excel in the classroom and on the gridiron have put two members of the 2008 Husky football team in the national spotlight. In October junior wide receiver Rocky Horn was named to the 2008 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team and senior defensive end Ryan Kees was named a 2008 Draddy Trophy Finalist by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
As a young child Horn, who’s from Melrose, had mentors, friends and family members who guided the many aspects of his life, including his education, athletics and issues that young people must deal with as they mature. Now that he’s a young adult, Horn has taken on the role of mentor and leader as a student-athlete at St. Cloud State.
“There is not a word, sentence or quote that can describe how honored I feel being part of the AFCA Good Works Team. The elected members of the team are all astonishing individuals who have given back to their communities. I feel blessed and honored to be part of such an extraordinary group of student-athletes,” said Horn.
To be successful in the classroom and on the gridiron is not always easy, but Kees has excelled on both fronts. He was one of 15 finalists for the Draddy Award, considered the “Heisman” of the football academic world, which recognizes the combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership of the nominees. He will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship.
Kees, whose hometown is Eagan, is a mechanical engineering major with a minor in biology who will graduate this spring. A three-year starter, he was a team captain in 2008 and 2007. He is a Consensus Draft Services Division II Preseason Second Team All-American, a 2007 All-North Central Conference (NCC) team selection, a Daktronics All-Northwest Region Second Team player, and a Football Gazette First Team All-Region player.
Academically, Kees is a two-time NCC All-Academic team member and two-time NCC Commissioners Honor Roll team member. He was named to the 2007 and 2008 ESPN The Magazine All-District Five Academic First Team.