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The NFF announced the 171 candidates for the 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments.®
Published: 10/2/2013 11:00:00 AM
(Pictured: Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is a semifinalist for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy.)

DALLAS, October 2, 2013 – Selected as the best and brightest from the college gridiron, The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today the 171 candidates for the 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments.® The nominees also comprise the list of semifinalists for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. The 171 semifinalists represent the most ever since 2006 when the NFF increased the nomination standards to require a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA.

“We take great pride in the record participation by the number of schools in the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program this year,” said NFF Chairman
Archie Manning whose sons Peyton (William V. Campbell Trophy winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. “It is important for us to showcase that success on the football field starts with winners in the classroom and the community. This year’s record-breaking number of nominations further illustrates the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders.”


· NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program 
launched in 1959.
· 171 nominations, record number since minimum GPA increased in 2006.
· 3.60 Average GPA
· nominees with a perfect 4.0 GPA
· 39 nominees with a 3.8 GPA or better
· 105 Team Captains
· 97 All-Conference Picks
· 29 Academic All-America Selections
· 21 All-America Selections
· One former NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete
· 54 Nominees from the Football Bowl Subdivision
· 46 Nominees from the Football Championship Subdivision
· 24 Nominees from the Division II
· 39 Nominees from the Division III
· 7 Nominees from the NAIA
· 86 Offensive Players
· 64 Defensive Players
· 20 Special Teams Players  

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.

“The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees as well as their schools on this tremendous honor,” said NFF President & CEO
Steven J. Hatchell. “We are extremely proud to highlight each semifinalist’s achievements, which show that football players can balance between academics and athletics at the highest level. There is no question that the NFF Awards Committee will have an incredibly difficult task in selecting the finalists from among this esteemed group.”

The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, October 31. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2013
William V. Campbell Trophy. Each member of the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored Dec. 10 during the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. One member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy.

Named in honor of
Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient’s grant by $7,000 for a total post-graduate scholarship of $25,000. A total distribution of $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner, pushing the program’s all-time distributions to more than $10.4 million.

Launched in 1959, the NFF scholar-athlete program became the first initiative in history to award post-graduate scholarships based on both a player’s academic and athletic accomplishments. The
William V. Campbell Trophy, first awarded in 1990, adds to the program’s mystique, having previously honored two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, two Heisman Trophy winners and five first-round NFL draft picks.

In 2011, the NFF and Fidelity Investments launched a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. As part of the initiative, Fidelity became the first presenting sponsor ever in the 55-year history of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program. Fidelity also helped launch the NFF Faculty Salutes initiative, which recognizes the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives at each of the institutions with an NFF National Scholar-Athlete. As part of the initiative, the NFF will present each of the faculty representatives with a plaque and a $5,000 check from Fidelity Investments to support the academic support services for student-athletes at each school.

The past recipients of the
William V. Campbell Trophy include: Air Force’s Chris Howard (1990); Florida’s Brad Culpepper (1991); Colorado’s Jim Hansen (1992); Virginia’s Thomas Burns (1993); Nebraska’s Rob Zatechka (1994); Ohio State’s Bobby Hoying (1995); Florida’s Danny Wuerffel (1996); Tennessee’s Peyton Manning (1997); Georgia’s Matt Stinchcomb (1998); Marshall’s Chad Pennington (1999); Nebraska’s Kyle Vanden Bosch (2000); Miami’s (Fla.) Joaquin Gonzalez (2001); Washington University in St. Louis’ Brandon Roberts (2002); Ohio State’s Craig Krenzel (2003); Tennessee’s Michael Munoz (2004); LSU’s Rudy Niswanger (2005); Rutgers’ Brian Leonard (2006); Texas’ Dallas Griffin (2007); Cal’s Alex Mack (2008); Florida’s Tim Tebow (2009); Texas’ Sam Acho (2010); Army’s Andrew Rodriguez (2011); and Alabama’s Barrett Jones (2012).

NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards Candidates,
Presented by Fidelity Investments

Football Bowl Subdivision Football Championship Subdivision Division II (cont.)
Alabama - Cade Foster Alabama State - Bobby Wenzig Pittsburg State (Kan.) - Joe Windscheffel
Arizona - Jake Fischer Albany - Eric LaPorta Southern Arkansas - Tyler Sykora
Arkansas - Austin Tate Appalachian State - Tony Washington Southern Nazarene (Okla.) - Stan West
Arkansas State - Brian Davis Austin Peay State - Ben Stansfield St. Cloud State (Minn.) - Phillip Klaphake
Army - Brian Zalneraitis Brown - Michael Yules Stonehill (Mass.) - James Lanier
Auburn - Steven Clark Bucknell - Tracey Smith Texas A&M-Kingsville - Zane Brown
Ball State - Zane Fakes Butler - Matt Lancaster Tusculum (Tenn.) - Bo Cordell
Baylor - Jordan Najvar Campbell - Kurt Odom Wayne State (Mich.) - Chet Privett
Boise State - Kirby Moore Coastal Carolina - Niccolo Mastromatteo West Texas A&M - Dustin Vaughan
Buffalo - Alex Neutz Columbia - Zach Olinger William Jewell (Mo.) - Sean Shelton
California - Mark Brazinski Cornell - Jeff Mathews Wingate (N.C.) - Robbie Nellenweg
Colorado - Nate Bonsu Dartmouth - Michael Runger
Colorado State - Chris Nwoke Dayton - Colin Monnier Division III
Duke - Perry Simmons Delaware - Mike Milburn Albright (Pa.) - John Harding
East Carolina - Trent Tignor Delaware State - Marco Kano Augustana (Ill.) - Erik Westerberg
Florida Atlantic - Andrew Stryffeler Drake - Brandon Coleman Bethel (Minn.) - J.D. Mehlhorn
Fresno State - Derek Carr Eastern Illinois - Cameron Berra Bluffton (Ohio) - Shawn Frost
Georgia - Aaron Murray Eastern Kentucky - Ichiro Vance California Lutheran - Andrew Pankow
Georgia Tech - Will Jackson Harvard - Cameron Brate Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) - Rob Kalkstein
Houston - Kevin Forsch Holy Cross - John Macomber Case Western (Ohio) - Steven Magister
Illinois - Nathan Scheelhaase Lamar - Kollin Kahler DePauw (Ind.) - Eric Malm
Iowa - James Morris Marist - Tyler Ramsey Dubuque (Iowa) - Tyson Carter
Iowa State - Jeff Woody Montana - Bo Tully East Texas Baptist - Jacob Alford
Kentucky - Joe Mansour Montana State - Tanner Bleskin Franklin & Marshall (Pa.) - Sam Dickinson
Memphis - Jacob Karam New Hampshire - Mike MacArthur Gallaudet (D.C.) - Nicholas Elstad
Michigan - Courtney Avery North Carolina Central - Jordan Reid Grinnell (Iowa) - Quinn Rosenthal
Michigan State - Max Bullough North Dakota - Jake Miller Hampden-Sydney (Va.) - Will Ferrell, Jr.
Middle Tennessee State - Logan Kilgore North Dakota State - Ryan Drevlow Hardin-Simmons (Texas) - Chuck North
Minnesota - Aaron Hill Northern Arizona - Drew Emanuel Hobart (N.Y.) - Michael Green
Mississippi - D.T. Shackelford Northern Colorado - Seth Lobato Hope (Mich.) - Michael Atwell
Nebraska - Spencer Long Northern Iowa - Dan Kruger Johns Hopkins (Md.) - John Arena
Nevada - Joel Bitonio Portland State - Mitch Gaulke Juniata (Pa.) - Jared Shope
North Texas - Zach Orr Sacramento State - Markell Williams Kenyon (Ohio) - Zach Morrow
Northern Illinois - Matthew Krempel Saint Francis - Kyle Harbridge Lycoming (Pa.) - C.J. Arhontakis
Oklahoma - Gabe Ikard Sam Houston State - Matt Boyles Macalester (Minn.) - Joe Dykema
Oklahoma State - Clint Chelf San Diego - Blake Oliaro Manchester (Ind.) - Ryne Lehrman
Penn State - John Urschel South Dakota State - Brandon Hubert Massachusetts Maritime - John Moriarty
Purdue - Rob Henry Southern Illinois - Austin Pucylowski Minnesota-Morris - Brendon Foss
Rice - Tanner Leland Stephen F. Austin - Ryne Chambers North Central (Ill.) - Alex Mann
Rutgers - Quron Pratt Tennessee Tech - James Normand Oberlin (Ohio) - Zachary Kisley
South Florida - Luke Sager Valparaiso - Alex Grask Ohio Wesleyan - Mason Espinosa
Southern California - Devon Kennard Weber State - Tony Epperson Pomona-Pitzer (Calif.) - Duncan Hussey
SMU - Randall Joyner Western Carolina - Clark Sechrest Redlands (Calif.) - Kevin Grady
Syracuse - Richard MacPherson Wofford - James Zotto Saint John's (Minn.) - Dylan Graves
Temple - Ryan Alderman Yale - Beau Palin Wash. in St. Louis (Mo.) - Andrew Skalman
Texas - Nate Boyer Youngstown State - Kurt Hess Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) - B.J. Monacelli
TCU - Jon Koontz Widener (Pa.) - Colin Masterson
UTSA - Eric Soza Division II Wisconsin-Eau Claire - Nick Hirsch
Toledo - Zac Kerin Azusa Pacific (Calif.) - Nick Grunsky Wisconsin-Oshkosh - Cory Wipperfurth
Troy - Will Scott Bemidji State (Minn.) - Buckley Wright Wisconsin-Stout - David Goebel
Vanderbilt - Fitz Lassing Benedict (S.C.) - Martin Epps Wittenberg (Ohio) - Kyle Sanning
Virginia - Jake Snyder Chadron State (Neb.) - Glen Clinton Worcester Polytechnic (Mass.) - Tim Grupp
Virginia Tech - Trey Gresh Colorado School of Mines - Chad McGraw
West Virginia - Curtis Feigt East Stroudsburg (Pa.) - Robert Bleiler NAIA
Eastern New Mexico - Christopher Barnard Bethel (Tenn.) - Joey Dienye
Edinboro (Pa.) - Cody Harris Carroll (Mont.) - Michael Siegersma
Fort Lewis (Colo.) - Doyle Bode Cumberlands (Ky.) - Mitchell Mascaro
  Harding (Ark.) - Jeremiah Vivio
Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) - Mark Kosrow
Hillsdale (Mich.) - Steven Embry Ottawa (Kan.) - Travis Adamson
LIU-Post (N.Y.) - Tommy Williams Peru State (Neb.) - Zach Lempka
Northwest Missouri State - Trevor Adams William Penn (Iowa) - Brock Peery
Ohio Dominican - Dominic Clegg

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