Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and Baylor linebacker Joe Pawelek are among the 16 finalists for the 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy, which honors college football players for their athletic and academic achievements.
Formerly called the Draddy Trophy, the award is bestowed by the National Football Foundation. Each of the finalists, announced today, receives an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship and must carry a grade-point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The winner, selected Dec. 8, will receive an additional $25,000 grant.
Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing is the third finalist from a Big 12 school. Hardin-Simmons receiver ZaVious Robbins joins McCoy and Pawelek as finalists from colleges in Texas.
Other finalists include Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, Illinois offensive guard Jon Asamoah, Brigham Young linebacker Matt Bauman, Minnesota receiver Eric Decker, Fresno State safety Moses Harris, Western Michigan quarterback Tim Hiller, Brown defensive tackle Paul Jasinowski, Morningside (Iowa) College receiver Beau Kildow, Northern Iowa linebacker Josh Mahoney, Tusculum (Tenn.) College tight end Jarrell NeSmith, Augustana (Ill.) College offensive tackle Blaine Westemeyer and West Virginia linebacker Reed Williams.
_ Jimmy Burch