Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis among 50 Division I semifinalists for prestigious national scholar-athlete award
Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis is among 50 student-athletes from Divison I schools named as semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy which recognizes the top football scholar-athlete in the nation, the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today.
There are 147 candidates from five football divisions including: . 50 nominees from the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division IA); 35 nominees from the Football Championship Subdivision; 12 nominees from the Division II; 41 omninees from the Division III; and nine nominees from the NAIA.
A fifth-year senior, Sturgis received his bachelor's degree in sport management in December 2011 with a 3.32 GPA. He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Management program at UF where he has a 3.84 GPA and is on track to graduate in December. He has also been named the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times. Sturgis leads the Gators in scoring with 38 points and is 8-for-10 in field goals and a perfect 14-for14 on PAT's. He connected on two 51-yard field goals in the first two games of the season and has made seven field goals of 50-yards or more in his career, which is the most in UF history.
Former Florida winners are: Brad Culpepper (1991); Danny Wuerffel (1996) and Tim Tebow (2009).
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 Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced on Oct. 25. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy. Each member of the 2012 National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored December 4 during the 55th 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 Campbell Trophy.