Jody Victor : Brian Robiskie Is Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar

Jody Victor: Ohio State wide receiver Brian Robiskie is one of three male finalists for the 2008 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar of the Year award, announced by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine. He finished as second runner-up for the male Sports Scholar of the Year award, the first time an Ohio State student-athlete has been a finalist since the national awards program began 15 years ago.

A Biletnikoff Award semifinalist in 2007 for the Big Ten champions, Robiskie led the Buckeyes in receiving with 55 carches for 935 yards and 11 touchdowns. A first team Academic All-American, the junior from Cleveland holds a 3.44 grade-point average in marketing.

Diverse: Issues In Higher Education established the Sports Scholars Awards in 1992 to honor the legendary Arthur Ashe Jr. and his commitment to social justice, education and sports.  Each year, the nation's colleges and universities nominate their outstanding minority student-athletes and the winning top male and female student-athletes are profiled in a special issue.

The male winner from more than 500 nominees nationwide was Hampton football senior Marcus Dixon. First runner-up was Cliff Hammonds, a senior basketball and track performer form Clemson. China-born tennis standout Momei Qu of Illinois was the female winner. Other female finalists were Sarah-Jo Lawrence (basketball, George Washinton) and Jessica Young (soccer, UMBC).

Go Bucks!!

Jody Victor