Kirlew Named Semifinalist for Wooden Cup
Dec. 18, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Jammie Kirlew was named a semifinalist for the sixth annual Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup. The Wooden Cup is given to a collegiate and a professional athlete who have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others.
The award recipients will be announced at a ceremony held at Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club on Wednesday, Jan. 19. The Wooden Cup is named in honor of John Wooden, one of the most successful coaches in collegiate history. Wooden's legacy as a person of integrity, high moral character, compassion and civic-mindedness continues to make him one of the most admired coaches in the history of sport.
With Peyton Manning, John Smoltz, John Lynch, Andrea Jaeger and Cal Ripken, Jr. as previous recipients, the Wooden Cup is becoming one of the most prestigious awards in all of sports. Recipients are considered role models and athletes of excellence both on and off the field.
Kirlew embraced the student-athlete experience in his time at IU. A four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Kirlew has given much of his free time to the community. He is active in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program and has volunteered his time at the Bloomington Boys & Girls Club. Additionally, he volunteered for President Barack Obama's campaign, helping to register voters for the 2008 Presidential Election. The Orlando, Fla., native also took advantage of Indiana's study abroad program, spending the summer of 2006 in Italy.
Named team MVP in 2009 for the second straight season, Kirlew also collected second team All-Big Ten accolades. He was voted first team All-Big Ten by the media and second team by the coaches in 2008. The Orlando native finished 2009 in the top 10 in the Big Ten in four major statistical categories. Kirlew was sixth in the league and 23rd nationally with 15.5 tackles for loss, tied for sixth in the conference with 6.5 sacks, third in the Big Ten and ninth nationally with five forced fumbles and shared third in the Big Ten and 29th nationally with two fumble recoveries.
He closed out his career tied for third on the Hoosiers' career sacks list with 23 and second on the career tackles for loss list with 52.5. Kirlew was also selected to the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award Watch List, the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List and the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List in addition to being named a member of the 11-player Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and one of 10 finalists for the ARA Sportsmanship Award. He was also a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award (achievements in the classroom, character, community and competition).
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