Temple senior Ryan Alderman has been named as the 2013 American Athletic Conference Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year by commissioner Mike Aresco. Alderman who hails from Downington, PA was once a walk on for the Temple football team before being named as one of the captains for his senior year.
The senior played 48 games for the Owls and tallied up 807 receiving yards to go along with 2 touchdowns. He also never missed a game in his career at Temple. Though Alderman may not have been the standout wide receiver, his devotion to the team, academics, and the community cannot be put aside.
Alderman has said, ”I believe that everyone has the responsibility to give back to the community and help others when possible.” He has devoted much of his community service time to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and in 2011 was a volunteer football coach at the Coatesville Area Senior High School.
In regards to academics, Ryan Alderman received honors on the Dean’s List at Temple University during his freshman and sophomore years. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance with a 3.59 GPA. The $2,000 scholarship Alderman will revive can be applied to any graduate or professional studies he wishes to pursue.
Ryan Alderman should be proud of the work on the field he has put in as well as contributions off the field. The team will lose a great locker leader but that makes room for new Owls to step up and fill his role.