Greg Sprowls, quarterback from Sam Houston State University, is the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2012 NCAA Division I Football National Championship.

Sprowls, a senior biology major from Claremont, California, who carries a 3.75 overall grade point average, was presented with the award during the NCAA Football Championship Game luncheon at the Frisco Convention Center Friday January 6.

The Award was presented by Dr. Mark A. Emmert, president of the NCAA.

Sprowls a member of Sam Houston's 14-0 Southland Conference championship team that will play in the NCAA Division I Championship Game Saturday at 12 noon against North Dakota State at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco.

The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

For more information on the Elite 89 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite89.