WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gallaudet University
senior cornerback Tony Tatum
(Gardendale, Ala.) continues to receive national recognition as he
was selected as a potential nominee for the Gagliardi Trophy at the
midway point in the 2012 season by Beyond Sports College Network
(BSCN) this past week. The Gagliardi Trophy is the Division III
Football equivalent of the Heisman Trophy and is given to a
student-athlete that not only excels on the field, but also through
academics and community service.
BSCN had this to say about Tatum: "Tony Tatum is one of the biggest surprises to most D3 fans around the country. He already has one viral video from last year on an incredible interception, but his play week in and week out is why I'm considering him. Tatum stands at 6'2 205 and next to Eric Rogers is the most physically gifted player in D3. Tatum has led the Gallaudet football program resurgence and has put them in the hunt to win the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC). Tatum is rarely thrown at, but when he is thrown at he makes big plays. He currently ranks 11th in the nation in interceptions with four interceptions. He has also returned two punts for a touchdown and has a receiving touchdown."
The Gagliardi Trophy was established in 1990s in order to recognize the most outstanding Division III football player of the year. It is "named for Saint John's University head football coach John Gagliardi, the winningest coach in college football history with 484 career victories in 63 seasons (entering the 2012 campaign). Recipients of the award must exhibit excellence in football, academics, and community service." The National Selection Committee includes former Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher and current Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen.
Tatum and the rest of the Bison return to the gridiron on Saturday, Oct. 20, at noon when they take on conference foe Becker College on the road in Leicester, Mass.