AUBURN, Ala. – Former Auburn linebacker Ashton Richardson was honored with the 2012 Bobby Bowden Award Friday night in Miami, recognized by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for best epitomizing a Division I FBS student-athlete.
“It’s definitely humbling to receive this award, especially since it is named for a man like Coach Bobby Bowden,” Richardson said. “Our campus and community pastors have been great mentors to me during my time at Auburn, and the Auburn family has always been supportive of me in my faith journey, as well as in academics and athletics. This is a tremendous honor.”
Richardson, a Rhodes Scholarship Finalist in November, was named over finalists Matt Barkley, a USC quarterback, and John Simon, an Ohio State defensive end. The four-year letterwinner from New Orleans graduated in December with a 3.95 GPA in animal science, and plans to attend veterinary school.