There are 170 candidates for the 2013 Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards. And Iowa linebacker James Morris is one of them.
Candidates, who are nominated by their school, must be a senior or graduate student in their final eligibility, have at least a 3.2 grade point average, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. Each school also can only nominate one player.
“The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees as well as their schools on this tremendous honor,” said NFF President & CEO Steven J. 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. There is no question that the NFF Awards Committee will have an incredibly difficult task in selecting the finalists from among this esteemed group.”
The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients and the results will be announced via a national press release on October 31. Each winner receives an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and will be in the running for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy.
Morris has been in Iowa’s starting lineup since early in his freshman season. His 324 tackles ranks 15 on the career charts at Iowa. He was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week this past week for his effort in Iowa’s win over Minnesota. He also is on the watch lists for the Bednarik Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Nagurski Award.
Morris, a Solon, Iowa, native, has twice earned academic all-Big Ten honors as a political science major. He was named to the Capital One District VI Academic All-America team in 2012. Morris is one of six senior Hawkeyes named to the 2013 Leadership Group.
Iowa (4-1, 1-0) plays Michigan State (3-1, 0-0) for Homecoming this weekend. The game will be at Kinnick Stadium and kickoff is set for 11 a.m.