Thursday, November 29, 2007


Virginia senior tight end Tom Santi has been named recipient of the 2007 James E. Tatum Award. The Tatum Award is given annually in memory of the late Jim Tatum to the top senior student-athlete among the league's football players. Tatum, a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, coached in the fifties at both Maryland and UNC.

Santi, a native of Nashville, Tenn., is a three-year starter for the Cavaliers who was named to the second-team All-ACC football team this past Monday. He is currently the third-leading receiver in Virginia history for a tight end, having made 94 career receptions for 1,168 yards and 6 touchdowns.

A member of the 2006 ACC All-Academic Football Team, he currently has a career 3.35 GPA in his major of Sociology. In addition to his academic achievements, Santi is the co-founder of a community service program called "Athletes Committed to Community and Education," which is designed to promote academic success, support character education and develop leadership qualities.

Unless we are missing something, he actually is a "student athlete."

Who knew?

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