Air Force's Drenckhahn and Wyoming's Ruff Named Recipients of NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

March 21, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Air Force senior runner Jeremy Drenckhahn (Plymouth, Minn.) and Wyoming senior free safety Luke Ruff were named recipients of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for the 2012-2013 fall sports, the NCAA announced on March 18.

Drenckhahn, a member of the Falcons' cross country and track teams for the past four years, is the eighth Academy cross country/track athlete to earn the prestigious honor. A four-time academic all-conference selection for both cross country and track, Drenckhahn is also on pace for his fourth straight Mountain West Scholar-Athlete distinction in both sports. He is a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic team member (2010 cross country; 2011 track) and a two-time All-MW selection in cross country. The Sophomore Class Record-holder in the 10,000-meter run, Drenckhahn is currently ranked fourth on the program's all-time standings in the indoor 5000-meter, outdoor 5000-meter and 10,000-meter races.

Drenckhahn joins former Falcons Jim Murphy (1966), Michael Ryan (1970), John Jones (1971), Chris Nelson (1992), Dolly Patel (1996), Shane Rogers (2001) and Kenny Grosselin (2008) as cross country recipients of the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Ruff, a native of Castle Rock, Colo., was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Football First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He is the first Wyoming Cowboy to earn the honor since Trenton Franz in 2004. Ruff earned Second Team All-Mountain West Conference honors in 2011 and was awarded Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors each of his four seasons in Laramie. Ruff was one of four team captains for the 2012 season and was a 2012 Preseason First Team All-Mountain West Conference selection.

The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes in their final year or intercollegiate athletics competition that excels academically and athletically. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants of $7,500 that can be used for research, books, tuition and other educational expenses at any graduate school.

Created in 1964, NCAA postgraduate scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes.