March 4, 2004
Tameem Yehyawi Receives Prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
Truman senior linebacker Tameem Yehyawi (Keokuk, Iowa) was one of just five NCAA Division II student-athletes to be awarded a highly selective NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports. Each sports season, there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.
The NCAA awards up to174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their last year of intercollegiate athletics competition.
Yehyawi was named a first-team academic all-America, according to the College Sports Information Directors of America, and was a Daktronics second-team all-American athletically. Yehyawi has a 3.96 grade point average in biology/pre-med, the highest GPA on the football team at Truman.
Yehyawi completed his career with first-team all-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association honors and led the MIAA with 11.6 tackles a game. He had 128 total stops for the season, including 56 solos, 4.5 tackles for a loss, a sack, four pass breakups and a forced fumble.
In his last game, he had a career-high 17 stops at Southwest Baptist in the season finale. Over his four years as a linebacker for the Bulldogs, Yehyawi made 276 total tackles, had 18 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions, eight pass breakups and a forced fumble.
He ended the 2003 campaign by registering double-digit tackles in the last seven games and in eight for the season, and had 12 double-digit games during his career.
He is just the sixth Bulldog to become a first-team academic all-America, is a two-time first-team Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar and was chosen as Truman's representative to the NCAA's Foundation Leadership Conference.
The Bulldogs finished the year by winning three of their last five games to post an overall record of 4-7 and 4-5 in the MIAA.
Running back Tyler Paul of Emporia State University was the only other MIAA student-athlete to earn the distinguished award. He led the MIAA with 147.5 rushing yards a game.
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