PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Oct. 15, 2013) – Rutgers senior wide receiver Quron Pratt (Palmyra, N.J.) was announced as a semifinalist for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, in a release by The National Football Foundation. The award is college football’s premier scholar-athlete honor, which requires a minimum 3.2 GPA, football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, strong leadership and community service.
The class, which includes 170 student-athletes from across the country, 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 would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees as well as their schools on this tremendous honor,” said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. “We are extremely proud to highlight each semifinalist’s achievements, which show that football players can balance between academics and athletics at the highest level. There is no question that the NFF Awards Committee will have an incredibly difficult task in selecting the finalists from among this esteemed group.”
Pratt is a sociology and labor & employment relations double major at Rutgers. He earned a spot on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team in 2011, 2012 and 2013, also making the Dean’s List twice. On the field, he has played in 41 games for the Scarlet Knights, starting all six games this season with 14 catches for 179 yards. Pratt also returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the win over Eastern Michigan to earn American Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.
The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, Oct. 31. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy. Each member of the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored Dec. 10 during the 56th 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 William V. Campbell Trophy.
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 $10.4 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.
Brian Leonard earned the award in 2006 when it was named the Vincent DePaul Draddy Trophy. Duron Harmon represented Rutgers last season as a nominee for the Campbell Trophy.
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