Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Eight Big 12 players, including Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing, are among the semifinalists announced today for the William V. Campbell Award presented by the National Football Foundation.
The award was previously known as the Draddy Award and has been considered the "academic Heisman Trophy."
Big 12 nominees include:
Baylor linebacker Joe Pawelek
Colorado fullback Jake Behrens
Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing
Kansas State tight end Jeron Mastrud
Missouri guard Kurtis Gregory
Nebraska wide receiver Wes Cammack
Oklahoma defensive end Auston English
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy
Players are nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each. Semifinalists 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 and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.
The 15 finalists will be announced on Oct. 29 and will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. The winner of the Campbell Award will be announced at the National Football Foundation's annual awards dinner in New York City on Dec. 8.