senior quarterback Nick Florence has been selected as one of 147
semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, The National Football
Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced Thursday.
is one of 50 semifinalists representing the Football Bowl Subdivision
and one of five from the Big 12 Conference. He's the first Baylor
semifinalist since Derek Epperson in 2010. Former
Bear Joe Pawelek was honored as a finalist in 2009, earning Baylor's
first post-graduate scholarship from the NFF since Don Trull in 1963.
The Campbell Trophy is in its 23rd
year honoring college football's top scholar-athlete. Candidates must be
seniors or graduate students in their final years of eligibility, have
a GPA of at least 3.2, 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
The NFF Awards Committee will announce up to 16 finalists Oct. 25. Each finalist will be recognized as part of the 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 post-graduate
scholarship. Each member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class will travel to New York City to be honored at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Dec. 4 at the Waldorf Astoria, and the winner of the Campbell Trophy will be announced at the dinner.
has led Baylor to a 3-0 start by completing 64.5 percent of his passes
for 1,004 yards and 11 touchdowns. He leads the nation in total offense,
averaging 387.7 yards per game, and
he ranks second in the Big 12 with 334.7 passing yards per game.
senior from Garland, Texas, has passed for more than 300 yards and at
least three touchdowns in each of the Bears' first three games this
season. He set career highs with four TD passes
against both SMU and Louisiana-Monroe.
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 $10.1 million.