UND's Adam Zavalney named finalist for scholar-athlete award

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Fighting Hawks tight end Adam Zavalney tries to fight off Abilene Christian linebacker Tory Hargrove (30) while running the ball in the second quarter of a home football game at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks on Saturday, October 29, 2022.
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UND’S Zavalney named finalist: UND tight end Adam Zavalney has been named a finalist for the 2022 FedEx Ground Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award.

The award is named after the late school teacher and wife of legendary Grambling State coach Eddie Robinson. The eighth annual award is presented to an FCS student-athlete who excels not only on the playing field and in the classroom, but also in the community and beyond.

This season, Zavalney appeared in all 12 games with 10 starts at tight end. He finished the season with 20 receptions for 183 yards and three touchdowns. The former Park River, N.D., standout had a season-best four grabs for 50 yards and a touchdown in UND’s 29-27 win over Northern Iowa.

Off the field, Zavalney is a psychology/pre-physical therapy major with a 3.936 GPA. He has volunteered 112 hours and 15 minutes of community service and helps lead Holiday Magic from Markus. Holiday Magic from Markus aims to, "Lift the spirits of the children and their families during the holidays by providing gifts, from the children's wish lists, delivered by University of North Dakota student-athletes."

Zavalney is one of 15 student-athletes up for the award and the winner will be announced on Dec. 12. The award winner will be honored at the FCS National Awards banquet on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas – on the eve of the National Championship game.

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