It’s easy to notice a dual-threat quarterback, flashy catch or broken tackle.
What’s not as easy is seeing how some of the state’s best athletes conduct themselves in the classroom, community or in extra-curricular activities outside of sports.
Eight area football players are finalists for a pair of $1,500 scholarships from the Tacoma-Pierce County Chapter of the National Football Federation and College Hall of Fame because of their work not only on the football field, but also off of it.
Four are in the running for the lineman award (which includes offensive linemen, defensive linemen and linebackers) and the other four are in the running for the backs award (which includes running backs, receivers, quarterbacks and defensive backs) with the winners being decided in a ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday at Curtis High School.
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The awards are designed to recognize the top scholar-athletes as nominated by their high school coaches, taking into account grades, athletic accomplishments and leadership among other things.
The four nominees for the backs award:
Donald Walkinshaw, Graham-Kapowsin, senior
Isaac Boettcher, Eatonville, senior
Micah Brown, Spanaway Lake, senior
Mark Kriebel, Peninsula, senior
The four nominees for the lineman award:
Luke Holsinger, Peninsula, senior
Riley Miller, Bonney Lake, senior
Troy Salisbury, Sumner, senior
Kyrie Simmons, Lakes, senior
Each winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship toward the college of their choice. Semifinalists get $750 and each nominee gets $200, said Todd Beamer football coach Darren McKay, who also serves as the scholarship chair of the Tacoma-Pierce County Chapter of the National Football Federation.