USF's Hine honored as national Scholar-Athlete
USF senior center Chaz Hine, who has been making headlines for his work in the classroom for years, has been named as one of 16 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes, earning an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship.
"I'm honored and humbled to be considered for such a prestigious award," said Hine, who attended Newsome High in Lithia. "I've had a lot of help along the way and I can't thank those people enough. Breaking the mold of what people perceive athletes to be is something I've tried to do during my time at USF."
Hine, a team captain who graduated magna cum laude in May and is now pursuing his MBA, is also a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, one of the top academic honors a football player can earn, joining the likes of Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins and Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He is the only finalist from a Big East school and is one of just two offensive linemen among the 16 finalists.
Hine, a former walk-on, earned a scholarship and started for two years at offensive guard before shifting to center this fall, where he's led an offensive line that ranks among the Big East's best despite three new full-time starters. His off-field achievements as a singer and a student have been chronicled in the Times and in national stories from ESPN. He will travel to New York on Dec. 6 to be honored at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria, where the Campbell Trophy winner will be announced.
"Chaz Hine is an incredible young man," coach Skip Holtz said in a statement Wednesday. "When you look at everything he's accomplished in the classroom, on the field and just in life, he's a great example of what a student-athlete should be."