Memphis quarterback Brady White took on a unique challenge for the 2020 college football season, one that required waking up at 6 a.m. every morning and spending most of his nights at the team’s football facilities alternating. Between movie study and class work. Sometimes White didn’t come home until 9:30 pm or later.
He described “full-time work” with an interesting perspective.
“It’s a privilege to work on your pH.D. while playing soccer,” White said Wednesday. “I will not say that a day passed that was easy. It was worth it. I am extremely grateful to be where I am.”
That is not something you hear from a student-athlete every day.
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White was successful both on and off the field. He passed for 3,380 yards, 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while leading Memphis to an 8-3 record. He went on to pursue a doctorate in liberal studies. For his efforts, White won the William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Mazda on Wednesday.
The National Football Foundation has provided the award, nicknamed “Academic Heisman,” since 1990. It recognizes student-athletes for their success, soccer performance, and community leadership. White was chosen from a pool of 199 nominees for the award.
White took advantage of the college experience twice during his career. He was one of the first to enroll in the state of Arizona and graduated there before transferring to Memphis.
“I had an extremely strong conviction and confidence that this was going to be possible, and this was something that I could make happen in real Life,” he said. “That helped me to have momentum in all phases. This is how I am always connected. I want to be the best that I can in everything I do.”
That continued in the classroom on both campuses. White graduated cum laude with honors and earned a 3.58 GPA from the state of Arizona. He earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Memphis before earning that doctorate. It was a selection of the All-Academic team in Pac-12 and American Athletic Conference.
White won 28 starting games with Memphis and one appearance in the 2019 Cotton Bowl. He finished a three-year career with the Tigers with 10,690 passing yards, 90 TDs and 30 interceptions. Memphis freshman coach Ryan Silvered was impressed every step of the way.
“People always ask me, ‘What does Brady White mean to me as a person or this show?'” Silvered said. “I say that the best honor that can be shown to someone is: I have no children. If I ever have a child, I hope that he grows up and is like Brady White. He represents and does things the right way in all areas of Life. Life. ”
In addition to that, White was actively involved in the Memphis community. He visited children’s hospitals and volunteered at schools in the area, including reading books to students on Facebook live.
He did that in a season impacted by COVID-19. White said those challenges were more prevalent in soccer due to the inability to face each other in person. He said the support staff on the football staff and academically helped him pursue both goals this season. He plans to finish his pH.D. while training for a career in the NFL.
“My focus is on being a soccer player in the next phase of Life, but I know that soccer is going to end,” White said. “I fully plan to complete my pHD and use it.”
“I love sports and I love soccer,” he said. “What I want to do next is included this sporting world. I am intrigued to see what doors will open and where I can use this education.”
White will receive a $25,000 graduate scholarship for winning the award. He will accept the award Thursday as part of ESPN’s virtual Home Depot College Football Awards program.
“It is a great privilege to join such an incredible fraternity for this award,” he said. “I hope I can build on the legacy he has.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.