JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 5, 2017) – ETSU sophomore defensive lineman Chris Bouyer (Rock Hill, S.C.) was named to the Class of 2017 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholars, which was announced by Diverse Magazine.
Bouyer was honored for his dedication to showing success in the classroom, gridiron and in the community.
“I am very blessed to have been nominated for this award and to be recognized for my work in the classroom and on the field of play,” said Bouyer. “Coach (Torbush) always stresses to us the importance of being good role models, and I try to do that both on and off the field. I want to thank Amy (Wilks) for considering me for this award. It means to a lot to be acknowledged for my accomplishments.”
Bouyer – who has started all 22 games in his career – has totaled 57 tackles, four tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry. This past season, Bouyer posted 27 tackles, two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery, while the Buccaneer defense ranked 17th nationally in fumbles recovered (11), 20th in passing yards allowed (183.0) and 25th in red zone defense (.761).
In the classroom, Bouyer – an engineering technology major – has posted a 3.612 grade point average, while earning Dean’s List honors in the fall of 2015, being named to the 2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll and to the 2016 Academic All-SoCon team. Bouyer has also participated as a member of a veteran student-athlete panel as a part of the ETSU Life Skills Program and represented the Bucs in the 21st annual Southern Conference Student-Athlete Leadership Institute (SALI) this past July.
“There is no young man on our football team that is more deserving of this honor than Chris Bouyer,” said ETSU football head coach Carl Torbush. “He exemplifies exactly what we want all of our ETSU football student-athletes to adhere to both on and off the field. Chris has not only become a great football player and outstanding student, but also a great role model. Without a doubt, he has become one of our most respected leaders and role models.”
“This is a well-deserving honor for Chris. He exemplifies the characteristics of being an outstanding student-athlete,” said ETSU Academic Advisor, Amy Wilks. “This is a great honor for Chris and we are excited to have him be recognized for all his hard work in the classroom, on the field and in the community.”
Nominated by their respective institutions, these students were chosen from over 1,200 outstanding minority student-athletes. A scholar and athlete, Ashe sought to expand opportunities for young people. Each year, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education invites every postsecondary institution in the country to participate in this awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability, students named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2; and be active on their campuses or in their community.
Past Ashe scholars include: Baylor University’s Robert Griffin III (2011); the University of Tennessee’s Kara Lawson (2003); San Diego State University’s Marshall Faulk (1993); and the University of Kansas’ Jaque Vaughn (1996), just to name a few scholar athletes who have gone on to achieve great success.
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