University of Memphis senior quarterback Jacob Karam was recognized as one of the brightest from the college gridiron Wednesday as the National Football Foundation announced the 170 candidates for the 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments®.
Karam, recently named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, is also semifinalist for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. The 170 semifinalists represent the most ever since 2006 when the NFF increased the nominations standards to require a minimum 3.2 GPA.
“We take great pride in the record participation by the number of schools in the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program this year,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, whose sons Peyton (William V. Campbell Trophy winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. “It is important for us to showcase that success on the football field which starts with winners in the classroom and the community. This year’s record-breaking number of nominations further illustrates the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders.”