National Award Winners: No. 73 Joaquin Gonzalez
2001 ACADEMIC HEISMAN WINNER
Named winner of the “Academic Heisman,” the HealthSouth Draddy Award, in a ceremony honoring 16 national scholar-athletes at the National Football Foundation’s 44th Annual Awards dinner in New York City.
One of the nation’s top offensive tackles and a major factor in an offensive line that yielded only three quarterback sacks in 2000.
The 6-foot-6, 298-pound Dean’s List member was a three-time Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Team member, being named to the First Team in 2000.
Was a four-time BIG EAST Academic All-Conference selection and an Iron Arrow inductee in 2000 (the highest academic honor bestowed to any UM student or staff member).
Received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in May of 2001 and received a Master’s of Business Administration in December of 2001.
Named a First Team All-America twice by The Football Writers Association in 2000 and 2001.
Named a second-team All-America numerous times.
Selected to the First Team All-BIG EAST Team in both 2000 and 2001 and was the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in 1998 – the first recipient of the award to earn All-Conference Academic honors in the same season.