Former Erwin quarterback Robbie Nallenweg’s college football career may be over, but he is still receiving awards for his time spent at Wingate.
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Orlando, Fla.—-Wingate University football quarterback Robbie Nallenweg (’14, Asheville, N.C.) and Tusculum College volleyball player Ashley Sarmiento (Dayton, Ohio) are regional winners of the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. A male and female Division II Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be selected from the 16 regional winners, eight men and eight women.
The 16 regional winners were selected from among the 24 Division II conferences. The national winners are expected to be announced later in September. Wingate women’s basketball point guard Anna Atkinson Caparaso (’09, Marion, N.C.) won the national CCA Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award twice. At the time, she was only the second two-time winner (male or female) in the award’s history.
Nallenweg is the fourth Wingate student-athlete to earn the CCA regional distinction. In addition to Atkinson Caparaso, volleyball student-athletes Rebecca Brezovec Bass (2006, 2007) and Lindsay Hinson-Knipple (2004) also received CCA Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors on the regional level.
Most recently, Nallenweg received the South Atlantic Conference Presidents’ Award, the highest individual honor presented annually by the SAC. Nallenweg was named the SAC Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year in 2013.
Nallenweg earned his bachelor’s degree in biology in May, graduating magna cum laude with a 3.81 GPA. In addition to being named the SAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2013, he was named to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society. A two-time Capital One Academic All-Super Region 2 team selection, Nallenweg was also named to the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive year.
In the community, Nallenweg was involved with the Wingate Special Olympics Field Day and served as a Wingate Elementary School lunch buddy this year. As a junior, Nallenweg was a nominee for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® for his role in Wingate’s initiative with the Union County Boys and Girls Club.
Nallenweg was one of 28 candidates in the running for the 2013 Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II college football Player of the Year. Nallenweg was a second team All-SAC performer as a senior. Nallenweg led the SAC in completions per game (28.1) and completion percentage (70.3). He was fourth in the NCAA Division II statistical rankings in both of the aforementioned categories.
His statistics line this season included 281-of-400 passes for 3013 yards and 24 touchdowns. Nallenweg completed 24-of-28 passes for 273 yards and four TDs against Brevard, passing the career 5000-yard mark in the process.
Nallenweg posted 334 yards and three scoring strikes at Tusculum. The two-year team captain recorded a season-high 460 passing yards at Mars Hill. In his final collegiate game, Nallenweg completed 32-of-48 passes for 434 yards and four scores against number 21 Carson-Newman. His pass efficiency rating this season was 147.32.
In 2012, Nallenweg set school records for passing yards per game (331.3), completions in a game (43), completions in a season (326), attempts in a season (491) and completion percentage for a season (66 percent). His yards in a season (3644) and touchdowns in a season (29) are both second-most in a season at Wingate.
The commissioners from each Division II basketball region select the regional winners. To be nominated for consideration, a student-athlete must have attained a 3.000 cumulative GPA and possess outstanding athletic credentials.
Sponsored by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, this award provides the opportunity for Division II to highlight the extraordinary achievements of its student-athletes. Division II CCA President and Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Steve Murray believes the award showcases the academic and athletic talent at the NCAA Division II level. “The CCA Scholar-Athlete Awards highlight the great achievements of our student-athletes both on the field and in the classroom,” Murray says.