Four in Pac-12 up for scholar-athlete award

Four Pac-12 players were among 47 FBS semifinalists for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the best scholar-athlete in the nation.

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the award must be seniors or graduate students 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 composed of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.

The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 honorees for $18,000 post-graduate scholarships.

The Pac-12 semifinalists are.

Arizona State -- Aaron Pflugrad

California -- Giorgio Tavecchio

Colorado -- Travis Sandersfeld

Washington State -- Jared Karstetter