Date Posted:12/30/2005,  1:30PM

Dave Diamond Receives "Swede" Nelson Award

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin College senior football player Dave Diamond (Mansfield, Mass.) has been named the 60th recipient of the Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award, given by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, and will be recognized at the organization's annual awards banquet on Thursday, January 12.

One of the most prestigious honors in college athletics, the "Swede" Nelson Award is the fourth-oldest collegiate football award in the nation, following just the Heisman, Maxwell and "Bulger" Lowe trophies. It is given annually by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston to the "very best, and most academically talented, college football player in New England."

Diamond closed out his collegiate career with a flourish, receiving All-NESCAC recognition for his play on Bowdoin's offensive line this year. A three-time Sarah and James Bowdoin scholar, he was also tabbed as an Academic All-NESCAC honoree. A double-major in English and Government, Diamond is a graduate of Mansfield (Mass.) High School, where he played lineman and linebacker for his league-championship winning team.

An unsung leader for the Polar Bears, Diamond received the Wallace C. Philoon Trophy for most valuable non-letter winner as a first-year. As an upperclassman, he developed into one of the top lineman in New England and started on Bowdoin's 6-2 squad this season- the best record for a Polar Bear team since 1970.

Diamond is the third Bowdoin player to receive the Nelson award, following in the footsteps of Mark Katz (1990) and Michael Turmelle (1993). Given to both a Division I and a small-college honoree, Diamond is the 10th student-athlete from the NESCAC to receive the small-college honor in the past 13 years.

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