RALEIGH, N.C. – The National Football Foundation’s Bill Dooley Chapter announced the recipients of the 2022 University Scholar-Athlete Award on Friday.

Earning the distinction this year are Ben Frye (Duke), Sam Howell (North Carolina), Timothy McKay (NC State), Juan Velarde (N.C. Central) and Jireh Wilson (East Carolina).

Wilson, a safety from Jacksonville, N.C., enters his junior campaign having appeared in 36 career games (16 starts) where he has registered 142 tackles (76 solo) with 11.5 TFLs (-55 yards) and six sacks (-42 yards). A year ago, he tallied 44 stops (18 solo) while registering 4.0 TFs (-27 yards) with 2.5 sacks (-26 yards). He has booked at least one tackle in 30 of 36 contests with multiple stops on 27 occasions. Wilson graduated from ECU in May of 2022 with a health fitness specialist degree while sporting a 3.52 cumulative grade point average. A four-time American Athletic Conference All-Academic selection, his intention is to pursue a master’s degree in kinesiology – sport management.

Frye, a defensive end from Dublin, Ohio, wrapped up his Duke career having compiled 84 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, three quarterback pressures and two pass breakups in 37 career games. Throughout his Duke tenure, 1,305 career snaps, Frye tallied 17 games with three-plus tackles with a career-high seven stops against Georgia Tech in 2021. As a two-time Academic All-ACC selection and dual-sport athlete also competing in wrestling, Frye graduated from Duke in May 2021, with an evolutionary anthropology degree and a minor in biology. He added a master’s degree in management studies from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in May 2022.

Howell, a record-setting quarterback from Indian Trail, N.C., re-wrote the Carolina football record book by setting at least 27 school records in just three seasons. He wrapped up his career with 92 passing touchdowns, the third-highest figure in ACC history and the most ever by a player in three or fewer seasons. Howell sits among the league’s all-time greats with the fifth most touchdowns responsible for (111). He also ranks eighth in total offense (11,292), fifth in passing yards (10,283), second in passing yards per game (277.9) and second in passing efficiency (164.2). Selected in the fifth round (pick 144 overall) by the Washington Commanders in the 2022 NFL Draft, Howell was one of 10 football players who graduated in December of 2021.

McKay is going into his redshirt sophomore season in 2022. Last year, he was the sixth player in the Pack’s offensive line rotation, playing in all 12 games with 321 snaps. He is a four-time ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree and is currently majoring in business administration.

Velarde, a punter from Anderson, S.C., averaged 38.0 yards per punt during the 2021 season, including four boots of more than 50 yards with a long of 58. He also placed 16 punts inside the 20-yard line and forced 20 fair catches on 59 kicks. The rising junior boasts an unblemished 4.0 grade point average as a business administration major with a concentration in entrepreneurship and has volunteered more than 50 hours of community service. He is a member of the University Honors Program, the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society, and the National Society of Leadership and Success.

NFF Dooley Chapter – University Scholar-Athlete Award recipients

2022: Ben Frye, Duke University; Sam Howell, University of North Carolina, Timothy McKay; NC State University; Juan Velarde, North Carolina Central University; Jireh Wilson, East Carolina University

2021: Michael Carter II, Duke University; Grant Gibson, NC State University; Trevor Collins, University of North Carolina; Chuck Manning, North Carolina Central University; Jonn Young, East Carolina University

2020: Fernando Frye, East Carolina University; Trenton Gill, NC State University; Quentin Harris, Duke University; Nick Polino, University of North Carolina; Isaiah Totten, North Carolina Central University

2019: Zach Goins, University of North Carolina; Wilhelm Heinsen, North Carolina Central University; Ben Humphreys, Duke University; Alex Turner, East Carolina University; Joe Sculthorpe, NC State University

2018: Gabe Brandner, Duke University; A. J. Cole, III, NC State University; Nicholas Leverett, North Carolina Central University; Bentley Spain, University of North Carolina; Austin Teague, East Carolina University

2017: Garrett Bradbury, NC State University; DeVon Edwards, Duke University; Worth Gregory, East Carolina University; Joseph Mangili, University of North Carolina; Nathaniel Tilque, North Carolina Central University; A.J. Wolf, Duke University

2016: J.T. Boyd, East Carolina University; Jarrod James, University of North Carolina; Carl Jones, Jr., North Carolina Central University; Ross Martin, Duke University; Joe Thuney, NC State University

2015: Quinn Billerman, North Carolina Central University; Warren Harvey, East Carolina University; David Helton, Duke University; Ryan Mangum, University of North Carolina; Tyler Purvis, NC State University

2014: Josh Broach, University of North Carolina; Zach Gentry, NC State University; Damon Magazu, East Carolina University; Sayyid Muhammad, North Carolina Central University; Perry Simmons, Duke University

2013: Joseph Hutchinson, North Carolina Central University; Pete Mangum, University of North Carolina; Leonard Paulk, East Carolina University; Sean Renfree, Duke University; Asa Watson, NC State University

2012: Michael Barbour, East Carolina University; Curtis Byrd, University of North Carolina; Matt Daniels, Duke University; Brandon Outlaw, North Carolina Central University; Mikel Overgaard, NC State University

2011: Justin Campbell, North Carolina Central University; Michael Ingersoll, University of North Carolina; Mike Maurer, NC State University; Matt Milner, East Carolina University; Bryan Morgan, Duke University

2010: Sean Allen, East Carolina University; Andy Barbee, NC State University; Lowell Dyer, University of North Carolina; Brett Huffman, Duke University; Vinny Rey, Duke University; Will Scott, North Carolina Central University

2009: Terrence Brown, University of North Carolina; Meares Green, NC State University; Eric Smalls, North Carolina Central University; Ryan Wood, Duke University

2008: Patrick Bailey, Duke University; Ben Johnson, University of North Carolina; Brandon Gilbert, North Carolina Central University; Luke Lathan, NC State University

2007: Robert Duncan, North Carolina Central University; William Lee, NC State University; Patrick Marsh, University of North Carolina; Eli Nichols, Duke University

2006: Brendan Dewan, Duke University; Jason Jowers, North Carolina Central University; Justin Phillips, University of North Carolina; John Ritcher, NC State University

2005: Giuseppe Aguano, Duke University; Jason Brown, University of North Carolina; Richard Gray, North Carolina Central University; Jed Paulsen, NC State University

2004: Chris Douglas, Duke University; Adam Kiker, NC State University; Brandon Russell, University of North Carolina; Jonathan Sherrill, North Carolina Central University

2003: Ronald Brewer, University of North Carolina; Lawrence Fuller, North Carolina Central University; Jaymon Small, Duke University; J.J. Washington, NC State University

2002: Ben Erdelijac, Duke University; Lawrence Fuller, North Carolina Central University; Derek Green, NC State University; Jeff Reed, University of North Carolina

2001: Sakwana Dickens, North Carolina Central University; Louis Marchetti, University of North Carolina; Spencer Romine, Duke University; Clayton White, NC State University

2000: Sims Lenhardt, Duke University; Allen Mogridge, University of North Carolina; Arian Gibson, North Carolina Central University; Scott Earwood, North Carolina State University

1999: Ansel Brown, North Carolina Central University; Danny Deskevich, NC State University; Ebenezer Ekuban, University of North Carolina; Lennie Friedman, Duke University

1998: Ansel Brown, North Carolina Central University; Brad Collins, NC State University; Greg Ellis, University of North Carolina; Jeff Hodrick, Duke University

1997: Kerry Harbor, North Carolina Central University; Freddie Jones, University of North Carolina; Charles London, Duke University; Marc Primanti, NC State University

About the NFF Bill Dooley Chapter

On August 23, 1995, Bill Dooley, one of the winningest coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference history, invited athletic directors, coaches and representatives from the University of North Carolina, Duke University, N.C. Central University and North Carolina State University to join him and N.C. Governor Jim Hunt at the State Capitol Old Senate Chambers. It was at that meeting the universities pledged their support to the newly formed NFFCHOF Chapter and its mission. In 2012, East Carolina University joined the Chapter and, in 2014, the NFFCHOF Board of Directors unanimously voted to name the chapter after its founder.