Beasley earns National Football Foundation honors
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Joshua Patrick Beasley, a three-year starter at offensive line and center for Cumberland University football, received the C.R. Bickerstaff/Coach Bill Pace University Scholar-Athlete Award on Tuesday, March 4 at the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation's (NFF) 42nd Annual Awards Dinner in Nashville.

The son of Larry Robert Beasley, Joshua is a founding member of the student chapter of MAA (Math Society) at Cumberland University, serving as president of the organization for two years. He is also a member of the University's Leadership Council, a former Mr. Cumberland and maintains a 3.7 GPA. Joshua has also been named to the National Honor Society, Who's Who Among American Students and has earned a place on the CU Dean's List for eight semesters.

Joshua's football accolades include repeat appearances on the Academic All-Conference first-team (2005, 2006, 2007) and first-team All-MidSouth honors. In 2007, he served as a team captain for the CU Buldogs.

"Josh Beasley epitomizes what every coach is looking for in a student-athlete. He is a leader in the classroom, on the field and in the locker room," CU Head Coach Dewayne Alexander said. "Josh demonstrated his leadership ability by organizing math tutoring sessions for his teammates the past two years."

The C.R. Bickerstaff, longtime Executive Secretary of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the NFF and College Hall of Fame, and Coach Bill Pace University Scholar-Athlete Award is presented to the top university football scholar-athlete in the Middle Tennessee area based on scholarship, sportsmanship and value to the team. Joshua's fellow nominees for the award included Austin Peay State University's Mark Cunningham, Middle Tennessee State University's Clinton Corder, The University of the South's Blake Mears, Tennessee State University's Brandon Williams, Tennessee Tech University's John Jackson III and Vanderbilt University's Marcus Buggs.