Dallas, Texas – Saint Xavier University senior defensive end Michael Prosser (Rockton, Ill./Rockton-Hononegah) was one of just 127 collegiate football players nationwide to be named a candidate by The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame for the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments®, a leading provider of not-for-profit workplace retirement savings plans in higher education. The 127 nominees also comprise the list of semifinalists for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. Only four other NAIA players joined Prosser on the list of candidates, including John Babb from Baker University (Kan.); Ben Miller from Cumberland University (Tenn.), Jay Bright from University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) and Matt Muschall from Morningside College (Iowa).
The 127 candidates are broken down throughout nearly every level of college football with 47 coming from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), 33 from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), 12 from NCAA Division II, 30 from NCAA Division III and five from the NAIA. Prosser is a team co-captain, president of the SXU Student Activities Board, a community liaison for the University apartments, a peer mentor for "Transitions" classes and chief organizer for the Cougar football team for annual community service events, such as "Service Day." He also recently was awarded Saint Xavier's O'Brien Medallion for Student Leadership.
"This year's candidates truly embody the National Football Foundation's mission of building leaders through football," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning whose sons Peyton (1997 Campbell Trophy winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. "They are standouts in the classroom and on the field and have become leaders in their respective communities. Each school should take great pride in being represented by such well-rounded young men who will undoubtedly go on to do great things in life."
Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards 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 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 comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.
The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Wednesday, October 26. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy. Each member of the 2011 National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored on December 6 during the 54th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. One member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the winner of the Campbell Trophy.
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