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Football’s Hess Headlines 2013 NFF Scholar Athlete Class

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Northern Arizona football fullback Jake Hess will join Arizona State linebacker Brandon Johnson headlining the 2013 NFF Scholar Athlete Class by the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation at the 32nd Annual Chapter Awards Banquet, March 2, 2013, at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.

"It is a great honor because I have made my family proud," said Hess. "I put in a lot of hard work in the classroom and it has paid off."

Hess, a product of Reno, Nev., received the David Couture Award as the Most Inspirational Player on the offensive unit in 2012. He was named to the Sports Network (Third Team),  Beyond Sports Network (Third Team) and College Sports Journal (Honorable Mention) All-America teams after leading the way for Walter Payton Award finalist Zach Bauman, who rushed for 1,182 yards, the seventh-best total in school history. He had nine carries for 52 yards on the season.

Hess was a 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 8 selection and a semifinalist for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, an award that recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. He was also one of 54 student-athletes named to the 15th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team presented by KP Sports.

They will be honored with the top 33 high school football scholar athletes, representing central and northern Arizona. Each athlete was nominated by his high school coach for exemplary performance in academics, honors and accomplishments in football, and an exceptional commitment to school activities, and community service and volunteerism.

Hess is majoring in psychology and has a 3.55 grade point average. He is scheduled to graduate in May and plans to attend graduate school.