Tebow a semifinalist for academic award

Published: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 2, 2009 at 12:14 a.m.

Gator senior quarterback Tim Tebow was named a semifinalist for the 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy, formerly known as the Draddy Trophy, Thursday by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

"On the heels of our recent announcement to rename our top scholar-athlete award in honor of Bill Campbell, we are incredibly proud to select the next winner from this remarkable group of semifinalists," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. "As one of the nation's most influential business leaders, Bill Campbell is a powerful example of football's unique ability to build leadership qualities in our young people. The semifinalists for the Campbell Trophy have already built track records that place them squarely in his footsteps."

The trophy, commonly referred to as the “Academic Heisman,” is awarded annually to a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, requires a grade point average of at least 3.2, outstanding football ability and strong leadership and citizenship from the recipient.

Tebow, who boasts a 3.66 GPA majoring in Family, Youth & Community Sciences at UF, was the first Florida player to be named a first-team Academic All-American selection in 2007 in over a decade. A three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, Tebow was named the 2008 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the year, as well as the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year last year, while picking up ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American honors in both 2007 & 2008.

One of only four schools to have multiple winners of the Draddy Trophy, Gator greats Brad Culpepper (defensive tackle) and Danny Wuerrfel (quarterback) were both Draddy Trophy recipients in 1991 and 1996, respectively, while Mike Degory (center) and James Smith (long snapper) were semifinalists in 2005 and 2008. Quarterback Chris Leak was named a finalist for the Trophy in 2006. Wuerrfel is the only winner of both the Heisman Trophy and the Draddy Trophy.

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