Hardin-Simmons senior offensive lineman Charles North has been named one of the semifinalists for the 2013 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Awards and the 2013 Campbell Trophy.
North is a team captain with a 3.50 GPA as a Social Studies Education major. He is one of just 39 Division III semifinalists and one of two American Southwest Conference semifinalists.
He is the third HSU football player in the last five years to make it to the semifinal round. ZaVious Robbins was honored as one of the 16 finalists and earned a trip to New York City and one of the $18,000 scholarships. Travis Sugar was one of the semifinalists a year ago.
Over all divisions the NFF had 170 semifinalists and that represents the most ever since 2006 when the NFF increased the nomination standards to require a minimum cumulative 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 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.”
2013 NFF NATIONAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE CANDIDATE NOTES
• NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program launched in 1959.
• 170 nominations, record number since minimum GPA increased in 2006.
• 3.60 Average GPA
• 7 nominees with a perfect 4.0 GPA
• 39 nominees with a 3.8 GPA or better
• 105 Team Captains
• 97 All-Conference Picks
• 29 Academic All-America Selections
• 21 All-America Selections
• One former NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete
• 54 Nominees from the Football Bowl Subdivision
• 46 Nominees from the Football Championship Subdivision
• 24 Nominees from the Division II
• 39 Nominees from the Division III
• 7 Nominees from the NAIA
• 86 Offensive Players
• 64 Defensive Players
• 20 Special Teams Players