DALLAS, Texas – The National Football Foundation announced Wednesday the 170 candidates for the 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments. These nominees also comprise the list of semifinalists for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation.
The SEC has had eight student-athletes win the William V. Campbell Trophy given by the National Football Foundation. Since the inaugural award in 1990, the SEC has had more recipients than any other conference. The award, nicknamed the “Academic Heisman” goes to college football’s top scholar-athlete. In 2012, Alabama’s Barrett Jones was the SEC’s eighth recipient of the trophy. In 2009, Florida’s Tim Tebow won the honor. LSU’s Rudy Niswanger won the honor in 2005, Tennessee’s Michael Munoz claimed the award in 2004, Matt Stinchcomb of Georgia in 1998, Tennessee’s Peyton Manning in 1997, Florida’s Danny Wuerffel in 1996 and Brad Culpepper of Florida in 1991 was the league’s first recipient.
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.
Southeastern Conference NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards Candidates, Presented by Fidelity Investments:
Alabama - Cade Foster
Arkansas - Austin Tate
Auburn - Steven Clark
Georgia - Aaron Murray
Kentucky - Joe Mansour
Mississippi - D.T. Shackelford
Vanderbilt - Fitz Lassing