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Rivers Claims N.C. State's Highest Athletics Award

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State quarterback Philip Rivers, a candidate for the 2003 Heisman Trophy, has been awarded the Wolfpack's highest athletic honor, the H.C. Kennett award.

The H.C. Kennett award was established by the Kennett Family in memory of its namesake, a 1924 graduate of N.C. State and president of the Wolfpack Club from 1948-1962. It is given annually to a superior athlete who demonstrates the finest attributes of good sportsmanship and team play.

Rivers is on track to shatter every passing record in N.C. State history, and he could become the all-time ACC passing leader before his career is over. He ranks second in N.C. State history, sixth in ACC history and third among returning players nationally in career passing yards.

Rivers has already set the school record and ranks fourth in league history in career touchdown responsibility with 75. He has posted a 26-12 career record as a starter, the top mark in the nation for a junior.

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