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Stokes finalist for sportsmanship award

Vanderbilt senior linebacker John Stokes has been named a finalist for the sixth annual ARA Sportsmanship Award. A panel of former coaches, media members and collegiate administrators will select the winner, which will be announced in November.

Stokes, a Memphis native, is the Commodores' second leading tackler. He's also exceptional in the classroom and in community service projects on the Vanderbilt campus.

A semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, Stokes has already been accepted into medical school at Vanderbilt.

The ARA Sportsmanship Award, sponsored by the Awards and Recognition Association, is given annually to an outstanding NCAA Division I collegiate football player who best personifies the spirit of sportsmanship.

The 2010 finalists, in alphabetical order, are Sam Acho, Texas; Corbin Bryant, Northwestern; Jordan Gafford, Miami (Fla.); Scott Lewis, St. Francis (Pa.) University; Chima Nwachukwu, Washington State; Christian Ponder, Florida State; Tyler Replogle, Indiana; Dominik Riley, Memphis; Chris Stewart, Notre Dame; and Stokes of Vanderbilt.