Williams, a native of Nederland, Colo., is pursuing a double major in architectural and civil engineering at the University of Wyoming, and has achieved a 3.691 cumulative grade-point average.
From the original list of 167 semifinalists, up to 16 individuals will be named recipients of an NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award that carries with it an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship for each individual. That announcement will be made on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Those recipients will advance as the finalists for the 2014 Campbell Award. The winner of the Campbell Award will receive an additional $7,000 in scholarships money to increase their overall postgraduate scholarship to $25,000. The Campbell Award winner also will receive a 25-pound bronze trophy.
"These 167 impressive candidates truly represent the scholar-athlete ideal," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, whose sons Peyton (Campbell Trophy winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. "It is important for us to showcase their success on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. This year's semifinalists further illustrate the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders."
Some facts on this year's 167 candidates include: a 3.65 average gpa; 86 All-Conference selections; 27 Academic All-Americans; 19 All-Americans; and 62 nominees from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
To be nominated by their schools, candidates must meet the following requirements: be a senior of graduate student in their final year of eligibility; have achieved a cumulative gpa of 3.2 or better on a 4.0 scale; have outstanding football ability; and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The Scholar-Athlete class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is made up of nationally-recognized media members, College Football Hall of Fame members and athletics administrators.
"The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees, as well as their schools and coaches on this tremendous honor," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "We are extremely proud to highlight each semifinalist's achievements, which show that football players can balance between academics and athletics at the highest level. The NFF Awards Committee will have an incredibly difficult task in selecting the finalists from this outstanding group of candidates."