Tiger signees Chris Register, Richard Yeargin finalists for prestigious Watkins Award

Watkins Award recognizes exceptional African-American athletes who have set an example in high academics, community service

Richard Yeargin III (U.S. Army All-America Bowl photo)

Richard Yeargin III (U.S. Army All-America Bowl photo)

Clemson 2014 freshmen Chris Register and Richard Yeargin are two of the five finalists for the Watkins Award. The honor is given by the National Alliance of African American Athletes each year and will be presented this weekend in Washington, DC.

The Watkins Award gives recognition to an exceptional male African American student-athlete who has set an example to promote high academic standards and commitment to community service.

Register, a native of Browns Summit, NC, enrolled at Clemson in January and is currently a freshman on Dabo Swinney’s Tiger football team. Yeargin, a native of Lauderdale Lakes, FL, will enroll at Clemson this summer.

The other finalists are Tony Brown of Beaumont, TX, who signed with Alabama; Zavier Carmichael of Eight Mile, AL, who signed with Duke; and Robert Okereke, Santa Ana, CA, who signed with Stanford.

Previous winners of the award that dates to 1992 include Myron Rolle of Florida State (2006), Darius Walker of Notre Dame (2004) and Ronald Curry of North Carolina (1998).

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tigerrob44#291802 writes:

Was Myron Rolle the guy that turned down an immediate, large NFL contract to become a Rhodes Scholar? It was somebody and it hasn't been but a very few years ago. I remember thinking what guy he must be. He got lots of brains and they work. Someone check me out on this but I am pretty sure it was a player from FSU and Myron Rolle comes to mind. Check me out on this.

BrandonRink writes:

in response to tigerrob44#291802:

Was Myron Rolle the guy that turned down an immediate, large NFL contract to become a Rhodes Scholar? It was somebody and it hasn't been but a very few years ago. I remember thinking what guy he must be. He got lots of brains and they work. Someone check me out on this but I am pretty sure it was a player from FSU and Myron Rolle comes to mind. Check me out on this.

Yep, there was an interesting story on that recently - http://www.sbnation.com/longform/2014...

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