Montano Selected as semifinalist for Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year

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Christian Montano
(Photo: Parker Waters)

Graduate transfer one of 20 semifinalists for the third annual award

NEW ORLEANS – Tulane University graduate transfer Christian Montano was selected as one of 20 semifinalists for the third annual Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award.

Already a graduate of Brown University, where he made the honor roll eight times, Montano transferred to Tulane and has started every game at center. Montano has been instrumental in helping open up running lanes for Tulane running backs. Through nine games this fall, Tulane is on pace to smash the program’s all-time single season rushing record. Currently, the Green Wave owns the nation’s 10th-best rushing attack, averaging 261.2 yards per game.

Montano also is a two-time semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy and received an award for independent science research about the effects of fertilizer runoff on local aquatic habitats. Montano donated bone marrow to save a man’s life and has since met and formed a strong relationship with the man.

Seventeen seniors and three juniors make up the list. Among conferences, the ACC, Big 12 and SEC led the way with four selections each, while the Big Ten had three. The Pac 12 and American Athletic Conference each had two, and the Mountain West also had one semifinalist.

“It’s my honor to announce this impressive group of student-athletes as semifinalists for the third annual Collegiate Man of the Year,” said Witten. “All of these young men are shining examples of what makes college football great. They have demonstrated exceptional character and leadership, often while overcoming large challenges. They are great representatives for the game of football, and I commend all nominees for getting to this point.”

Compiled by a subset of the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Selection Committee, the semifinalists have all demonstrated a record of leadership by exhibiting exceptional courage, integrity and sportsmanship both on and off the field.

The award, presented by Albertsons and Tom Thumb, is the first college football honor to focus primarily on a player’s leadership, both on and off the field. Leadership is a term synonymous with Jason Witten, who, in addition to becoming one of the best tight ends in the history of the sport and the Cowboys’ all-time leading receiver, has served as one of football’s most prominent role models during his 16-year pro career.

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