Briggs Orsbon, a senior member of the 2011 Ball State football team, has been named the male recipient of the 2012 Bob James Memorial Award by the Mid-American Conference Faculty Athletics Representatives as announced by the league office.
"We were very pleased to learn Briggs is being awarded another scholarship as a result of his academic and athletic accomplishments here at Ball State," Ball State head football coach Pete Lembo says." Briggs is very appreciative of the opportunities he received during his years as a student-athlete. He has also remains engaged with the football program as a young alumni."
In its 23rd year, the Bob James Memorial Award recognizes one female and one male student-athlete who have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.50, and have displayed good character, leadership and citizenship. The student-athletes are nominated during the year in which they complete their final season of eligibility. The $5,000 post-graduate scholarship is awarded in honor Bob James, the second commissioner in Mid-American Conference history (1964-71).
Orsbon graduated summa cum laude from Ball State with a bachelor of science degree in risk management insurance and finance. Orsbon tallied a 3.992 cumulative grade-point average on Ball State's 4.0 scale. He was a Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society member (2010-12), Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member (2010-12) and on the Dean's List every semester.
Orsbon was selected to receive an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and was named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team. For three consecutive years he was named to the Academic All-MAC Team and he was nominated for the 2011 National Football Foundation's Scholarship Athlete Award.
Orsbon was a four-year letterman, named team captain (2011) and was named the John Magnabosco MVP Award (2011). Orsbon led the team in receptions and receiving yards per game as both a freshman and sophomore, and was named the co-recipient of the John Hodge Award, which goes to the team's top freshman. As a senior, Orsbon became only the second player in Ball State history with more than 200 career receptions (213) and finished ranked fifth in school history for receiving yards (2,218). He was also named to the 2011 All-MAC Second Team.
In addition to his focus to academics and athletics, Orsbon was active in campus activities, community service and professional experience. Orsbon volunteered for the Crawl For Cancer, Crestview Summer Football Camp, and the Muncie Mission's Walk-A-Mile in My Shoes event. Orsbon was a member of the Football Leadership Council and NCAA Certification Board Student-Athlete Subcommittee. He also gained professional experience with Shepherd Insurance & Financial (Carmel, Ind.) and MutualBank (Muncie, Ind.) during his collegiate career.
A native of Carmel, Ind., Orsbon plans to attend Northwestern University and the Kellogg School of Management to pursue a Master of Business Administration.
Kristin Hoffman, a volleyball player at Northern Illinois, is the 2012 female recipient.
Other Female Nominees:
Katie Windlan, Ball State (golf)
Sarah Reinink, Bowling Green (swimming and diving)
Aubrey Stahl, Buffalo (soccer)
Brittany Tyree, Ohio (track and field)
Kristin Lynn, Toledo (soccer)
Stacy Kramer, Western Michigan (gymnastics)
Other Male Nominees:
Patrick Martin, Bowling Green (baseball)
Brian Bennyhoff, Central Michigan (football)
Ian Klein, Ohio (cross country/track and field)
Joseph Corfman, Toledo (baseball)
Past Bob James Award Winners
2012 Kristin Hoffman, Northern Illinois (volleyball); Briggs Orsbon, Ball State (football)
2011 Jon Edgington, Miami (Baseball); Christine Chiricosta, Bowling Green (Tennis)
2010 Tim Hiller, Western Michigan (Football); Megan Chronister, Bowling Green (Gymnastics)
2009 Gonzalo Barinaga, Ball State (Football); Jillian Wolosiansky, Eastern Michigan (Volleyball)
2008 Wynn Michalak, Central Michigan (Wrestling); Stephanie Swiger, Bowling Green (Volleyball)
2007 Matt Lefeld, Bowling Green (Basketball); Jody Yednock, Northern Illinois (Gymnastics)
2006 David Mitchell, Miami (Cross Country/Track & Field); Marie Zidek, Northern Illinois (Volleyball)
2005 Burke Badenhop, Bowling Green (Baseball); Robin Davidson, Toledo (Soccer)
2004 Travis Barclay, Ball State (Football); Andrea Kremer, Miami (Track & Field)
2003 Brett Faustman, Central Michigan (Wrestling) and Katrina Kerns, Bowling Green (Track & Field)
2002 Anthony Malik, Bowling Green (Soccer); Kate Miller, Kent State (Basketball)
2001 Nick Iagulli, Miami (Track & Field); Jennifer Jarjosa, Bowling Green (Swimming)
2000 Cato Coleman, Miami (Track & Field); Laura Szczepanski, Ball State (Gymnastics)
1999 Justin Millard, Akron (Soccer); Wendy Feldman, Central Michigan (Volleyball)
1998 Desmond Johnston, Akron (Soccer); Janelle Tranquillo, Ball State (Field Hockey)
1997 Joseph Burch, Bowling Green (Soccer); Sarah Mikrut, Ball State (Gymnastics)
1996 Dustin Swinehart, Miami (Soccer); Kristin Gaddis, Bowling Green (Cross Country/Track)
1995 Stephen Fetyko, Eastern Michigan (Swimming); Dana Drew, Toledo (Basketball)
1994 Bob Dudley, Bowling Green (Football); Kris Parks, Ohio (Cross Country/Track)
1993 Sander Scott, Central Michigan (Basketball); Kelly Weir, Ohio (Basketball)
1992 Jeff Bender, Central Michigan (Football); Julie Young, Western Michigan (Volleyball)
1991 Pat Jackson, Bowling Green (Football); Kristin McDaniel, Kent State (Track & Field)
1990 Danny Rieman, Ball State (Baseball); Linda Popovich, Bowling Green (Volleyball)
1989 Rick Winegardner, Ball State (Swimming); Kim Keenan, Kent State (Cross Country/Track)