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Three make scholar-athlete award list

The student-athlete experience isn't just about sports. These kids are on campus to hit the books as well.

And a few from the SEC have been hitting the books extra hard as the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced Thursday that three from the conference made the list of 127 candidates for the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards. The 127 nominees also make up the list of semifinalists for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy that recognizes an individual as "the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation."

Here are the three SEC nominees:

  • Barrett Trotter, QB, Auburn

  • Drew Butler, P, Georgia

  • Stuart Hines, OL, Kentucky

Players are nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, and candidates must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility. Each one must 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."