Oct. 2, 2013
DALLAS, Texas - On Tuesday senior running back Chris Nwoke was named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, and one of 170 candidates for the NFF Scholar-Athlete Award.
Nwoke, one of just four nominees from the Mountain West, has been a significant contributor for Colorado State over the past three seasons playing in 35 games. As a sophomore in 2011 Nwoke rushed for 1130 yards and nine touchdowns on his way to earning the Fum McGraw MVP (team MVP) and second-team all-conference honors. Last season, Nwoke split carries with Donnell Alexander while rushing for 570 yards. Through the first five games of 2013, the senior from Highlands Ranch, Colo., has ran the ball 66 times for 300 yards.
In the classroom, the 6-foot, 216-pound running back is a three-time academic all-conference honoree. Nwoke graduated last May with a degree in business administration (3.28 grade point average) and is pursuing a second degree.
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 170 nominees come from all levels of college football, including FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA.
The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients for the Scholar-Athlete Awards, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, October 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.
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