Sept. 27, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced Thursday the 147 student-athletes who are candidates for the 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and semifinalists for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, and Patriot Leaguers from four different schools were part of the select group.
Seniors Sam Oyekoya (Bucknell), Chris Looney (Colgate), Patrick Murray (Fordham) and Tom Mannix (Holy Cross) were all part of the prestigious list and are among 35 candidates from Football Championship Subdivision schools.
The William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. 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.
Looney and Mannix were each part of the 2011 Football Academic All-Patriot League Team, and were joined by Murray on last year's Patriot League Academic Honor Roll for recording at least a 3.2 grade-point average in the fall semester. Looney was also a preseason candidate for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
Oyekoya has 12 tackles and 2.5 sacks through the first three games of the season for Bucknell, Looney leads Colgate with 15 receptions for 261 yards and three touchdowns and Mannix has 23 tackles and two interceptions on the season for the Crusaders.
Murray was named a preseason All-American by numerous outlets and has lived up to that billing so far. He is 8-for-9 on field goals, with three at 50 yards or more including a Patriot League and school record 52-yarder on Aug. 30 against Lock Haven. One of the top punters in Patriot League history, he is also averaging 44.2 yards on 17 attempts this season.
The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, October 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.