Edelen selected male scholar athlete of year At the recent USD athletic awards banquet Jarrod Edelen of Vermillion, was selected as the male scholar athlete of the year. Julia Frie, a USD women's basketball player, was selected as the female scholar athlete.
Coaches and staff nominated student athletes from the respective programs in intercollegiate athletics. From this pool of athletes, the Athletic Board of Control selected one male and one female as its Scholar Athletes of the Year. The two scholar winners will serve as the Stan Marshall Award nominees from USD. The Marshall Award recognizes the top male and female scholar athlete in the North Central Conference and will be announced later.
Edelen, who graduated from USD in May, earned a 3.677 grade point average with majors in computer science, mathematics and economics. He will return to USD next semester to again punt and kick for the Coyote football team while he pursues a graduate degree.
Edelen was named to the 2002 Verizon Academic All-America College Division Football First team as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America), making him the Coyotes' seventh football Academic All-American and the first since Todd Salat was selected in 1986. In 2002, Edelen was named to the all-North Central Conference first team, Academic all-NCC, Verizon Academic All-American District VII first team and D2football.com all-Midwest second team.
Edelen led the league with a 41.2 yard average (47-1, 936 yards) in conference games and averaged a league-best 40.9 yards per punt overall. He was ranked #10 in Division II for punting. He also had an NCC-leading 37.6 net punting average and had the longest punt in league play, booting a kick 66 yards vs. North Dakota State. In total, Edelen had 63 punts for 2,569 yards with 16 kicks placed inside the 20-yard line.
At USD, Edelen was named to Phi Beta Kappa, a Rawlins Scholar, Presidential Alumni Scholarship recipient, Wal-Mart Competitive Edge Scholarship winner and a Technology Fellow. He also was selected to be a member of several honorary societies including Mortar Board, ODK and Golden Key. Last spring, he was named the Colonel Robert F. Wales Award recipient for his work in the classroom and on the football field.
Edelen is a 1998 graduate of Vermillion High School, where he played football under Coach Gary Culver. He is the son of Joe and Mary Edelen.