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Four Football Ivies Named 2010 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Semifinalists

Four Football Ivies Named 2010 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Semifinalists

Courtesy of the National Football Foundation

DALLAS -- Brown senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero, Columbia senior linebacker Alex Gross, Dartmouth senior wide receiver Tanner Scott and Yale senior linebacker Jesse Reising were among the 121 student-athletes named semifinalists for the 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy (formerly known as the Draddy Trophy), endowed by HealthSouth, and the candidates for the 2010 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, announced by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF).

"This year's Campbell Trophy semifinalists embody the National Football Foundation's mission of building leaders through football," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning whose sons Peyton (1997 Campbell Trophy winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. "They are standouts in the classroom and on the field and have become leaders in their respective communities. Each school should take great pride in being represented by such well-rounded young men who will undoubtedly go on to do great things in life."

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, semifinalists 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 trophy was renamed last fall 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 NFF would like to personally congratulate each Campbell Trophy semifinalist for maintaining such high standards throughout their collegiate careers," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "We are extremely proud to showcase their achievements, and 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 15 finalists and announce the results via national press release on Thursday, Oct. 28. Each finalist will be recognized as part of the 2010 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. The Campbell Trophy winner, who will have his scholarship increased to $25,000 and receive a 25-pound bronze trophy, will be announced live at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 7 at the prestigious Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. A total distribution of $277,000 in scholarships will be awarded that evening, bringing the NFF's all-time scholarship distribution to $9.5 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. The University of Florida's Tim Tebow was named the 2009 Campbell Trophy recipient and last year's finalists combined for a 3.77 average GPA. The class boasted 14 academic all-conference student-athletes, including seven academic All-America picks; 14 all-conference players, including six All-America picks; 16 team captains; one Heisman Trophy winner; and eight members of conference championship teams.

The past recipients of the 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); and Florida's Tim Tebow (2009).

2010 William V. Campbell Trophy Semifinalist Notes
    •    3.58 Average GPA
    •    46 Semifinalists with a 3.7 GPA or better
    •    69 All-Conference Picks
    •    76 Team Captains
    •    16 Academic All-America Selections
    •    20 All-America Selections
    •    26 Players (among all divisions) represented in this week's national top 25 polls
    •    2 Players formerly named NFF National High School Scholar-Athletes
    •    47 Nominees from the Football Bowl Subdivision
    •    28 Nominees from the Football Championship Subdivision
    •    12 Nominees from the Division II
    •    27 Nominees from the Division III
    •    7 Nominees from the NAIA
    •    56 Offensive Players
    •    48 Defensive Players
    •    17 Special Teams Players

The NFF'S 2010 Campbell Trophy Semifinalists
Football Bowl Subdivision
Air Force - Kevin Fogler
Alabama - Greg McElroy
Army - Carson Homme
Ball State - Ian McGarvey
Baylor - Derek Epperson
Boston College - Anthony Castonzo
BYU - Mitch Payne
California - Mike Mohamed
Colorado - Nate Solder
Colorado State - Eric Peitz
Florida State - Christian Ponder
Georgia - Kris Durham
Illinois - Anthony Santella
Indiana - Ben Chappell
Iowa - Julian Vandervelde
Kansas State - Corey Adams
Louisiana at Lafayette - Grant Fleming
Marshall - Lee Smith
Maryland - Travis Baltz
Middle Tennessee State - Phillip Tanner
Minnesota - Adam Weber
Mississippi State - Derek Sherrod
Navy - Joe Buckley
Nebraska - Adi Kunalic
Northern Illinois - Mike Krause
Northwestern - Stefan Demos
Notre Dame - Chris Stewart
Ohio State - Bryant Browning
Oregon - Jordan Holmes
Penn State - Stefen Wisniewski
Purdue - Kyle Adams
Rutgers - Teddy Dellaganna
SMU - Pete Fleps
South Carolina - Garrett Chisolm
Stanford - Owen Marecic
Syracuse - Derrell Smith
TCU - Curtis Clay
Tennessee - Daniel Lincoln
Texas - Sam Acho
Texas A&M - Michael Hodges
UCLA - Daniel Rees
Utah - Zane Taylor
Vanderbilt - John Stokes
Washington State - Chima Nwachukwu
Western Michigan - Phil Swanson
Wisconsin - Scott Tolzien
Wyoming - Chris Prosinski

Football Championship Subdivision
Albany - Chris Blais
Austin Peay State - Bradley Williams
Brown - Kyle Newhall-Caballero
Bucknell - Travis Nissley
Colgate - Greg Sullivan
Columbia - Alex Gross
Dartmouth - Tanner Scott
Dayton - Brandon Wingeier
Delaware - Pat Devlin
Drake - Dan Clinton
Eastern Kentucky - Logan O'Connor
Holy Cross - Bill Edger
Marist - Terrence Turner
Montana - Andrew Selle
Montana State - Jordan Craney
Nicholls State - Patrick Dolan
Norfolk State - Anthony Taylor
North Dakota - Ty Boyle
North Dakota State - Drew Hushka
Northern Arizona - Michael Herrick
Northern Colorado - Timothy McGraw
Sacramento State - Peter Buck
Saint Francis - Scott Lewis
South Dakota State - Conrad Kjerstad
Southern Utah - Tysson Poots
Towson - Yaky Ibia
Yale - Jesse Reising
Youngstown State - Stephen Blose

Division II
Ashland (Ohio) - Joe Horn
Bentley (Mass.) - Jared Kawadler
Clarion (Pa.) - Nick Sipes
Concordia (Minn.) - Hayden Vavra
East Stroudsburg (Pa.) - Matt Freed
Eastern New Mexico - Nathan Uland
Hillsdale (Mich.) - Phil Doerfler
Minnesota-Duluth - Isaac Odim
Newberry (S.C.) - Matt Holmes
Slippery Rock (Pa.) - C.J. Bahr
St. Cloud State (Minn.) - Joe Winandy
Wayne State (Mich.) - Matthew Faulkner

Division III
Augustana (Ill.) - Robert Wood
Bethel (Minn.) - Andrew Johnson
Bluffton (Ohio) - Aaron Wladischkin
Case Western Reserve (Ohio) - Zach Homyk
Centre (Ky.) - Kevin Harman
Christopher Newport (Va.) - Kenneth Hall
Cornell (Iowa) - Kyle Tierney
Dubuque (Iowa) - Michael Zweifel
Hampden-Sydney (Va.) - Will Riggenbach
Ithaca (N.Y.) - David Ahonen
Mount Union (Ohio) - Sam Kershaw
Occidental (Calif.) - Alex Wertheimer
Rhodes (Tenn.) - Andrew Meier
Rowan (N.J.) - Matt Hoffman
Saint John's (Minn.) - Jeff Gilbertson
Saint Thomas (Minn.) - Ben Wartman
Trine (Ind.) - Tyler Terry
Trinity (Conn.) - Michael Galligan
Union (N.Y.) - Andrew Trochanowski
Ursinus (Pa.) - Joseph Galie
Wartburg (Iowa) - Andrew Creary
Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) - Nathan Harmotto
Washington in St. Louis (Mo.) - Brandon Brown
Wisconsin-Eau Claire - Ben Shea
Wisconsin-Stevens Point - Jake Swank
Wisconsin-Whitewater - Aaron Rusch
Wittenberg (Ohio) - Jeremy Block

Bethel (Tenn.) - John Graham
Carroll (Mont.) - Mike Waldenberg
Cumberland (Tenn.) - Todd Holman
Dakota State (S.D.) - Josh Windsor
Morningside (Iowa) - Marshall Tuttle
Ottawa (Kan.) - Fielding Brenner
Cumberlands (Ky.) - Madison McCalmon

Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, a non-profit educational organization, runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 121 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame, Play It Smart, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association, the NFF Gridiron Clubs of New York City, Dallas, and Los Angeles, and annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. The NFF presents the MacArthur Bowl, the Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, and releases the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings. Learn more at

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