Peterman wins national sportsmanship award

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Northwestern wide receiver Eric Peterman has been named the recipient of the Awards and Recognition Association's Sportsmanship Award, given to the FBS senior who best displays sportsmanship on and off the field.

Former BYU coach LaVell Edwards presented Peterman with the award today in Evanston, Ill.

Peterman, an engineering major who carries a 3.23 GPA, is the fourth recipient of the award, joining Washington State quarterback Alex Brink (2007), Rutgers fullback Brian Leonard (2006) and Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams (2005). Edwards said Peterman's résumé of accomplishments in football, academics and community service was the best the award selection panel had ever seen.

Every FBS school was eligible to nominate players for the award. The field was narrowed to 10 finalists before the panel chose Peterman, who led Northwestern in receiving yards in each of the last two seasons.

"There's more to college football than just the football aspect of it," Peterman said. "I'm so thrilled to be able to represent this award because of the things that our program values.

"It's something that means a lot to me. There is more than football, and off-the-field activities are just as important."