Tim Tebow a finalist for national scholar-athlete award
The finalists were narrowed from a field of 154 semifinalists.
The NFF's National Scholar-Athlete program began in 1959 and was the first to award scholar-athletes post graduate scholarships for their combined athletic, academic and leadership abilities. Former winners include former Tampa Bay Bucs star Derrick Brooks (Florida State); actor Mark Harmon (UCLA); NASA astronaut Leland Melvin (Richmond); former Dateline NBC anchor Stone Phillips (Yale); famed NFL quarterback Steve Young (BYU); and Heisman Trophy winners Terry Baker (Oregon State), Gary Beban (UCLA), Doug Flutie (Boston College) and Danny Wuerffel (Florida).
This year's semifinalists are:
OG JON ASAMOAH, Illinois, 3.82; LB MATT BAUMAN, BYU, 3.91; WR ERIC DECKER, Minnesota, 3.42; S MOSES HARRIS, Fresno State, 3.56; QB TIM HILLER, Western Michigan, 4.00; DT PAUL JASINOWSKI, Brown, 3.70; WR BEAU KILDOW, Morningside College (Iowa), 4.00; LB JOSH MAHONEY, Northern Iowa, 4.00; QB COLT McCOY, Texas, 3.33; TE JARRELL NeSMITH, Tusculum College (Tenn.), 3.84; LB JOE PAWELEK, Baylor, 3.71; QB TODD REESING, Kansas, 3.64; WR ZaVIOUS ROBBINS, Hardin- Simmons University (Texas), 3.90; QB TIM TEBOW, Florida, 3.66; OT BLAINE WESTEMEYER, Augustana College (Ill.), 3.93; LB REED WILLIAMS, West Virginia, 3.86.
The winner will be announced on Dec. 8.