COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -Florida State safety Myron Rolle earned a Rhodes Scholarship on Saturday, then boarded a plane and joined his team for its game against Maryland.
A spokesman for Florida State said Rolle, 22, is the school's second athlete in three years to earn a Rhodes Scholarship. NCAA shot put champion Garrett Johnson of Tampa, Fla., was one of 32 Americans to earn the scholarship three years ago.
Rolle, an aspiring neurosurgeon, will be entitled to study for two years at the University of Oxford in England. He is the third Florida State student in three years to be awarded the honor.
He finished the interview in Birmingham, Ala., around 6 p.m. EST before boarding a private plane to catch up with his teammates for the game that started around 7:45.
Rolle arrived in the second quarter but did not immediately get into the game.
The names of the Rhodes winners were expected to be released late Saturday or early Sunday.
ng in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game next month. The Seminoles (7-3, 4-3) needed to beat Maryland and have the Terrapins defeat Boston College next week.
Rolle is one of Florida State's best defensive players, but coach Bobby Bowden was quick to allow the student-athlete to miss the start of the game.
``It's a no-brainer,'' Bowden said earlier in the week. ``I know academics comes first.''
The 79-year-old Bowden had never coached a Rhodes Scholar during a career spanning six decades.

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