Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Gregory Nominated for "Academic Heisman"

Mizzou offensive lineman Kurtis Gregory is a candidate for the “Academic Heisman.” The 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy (formerly known as the Draddy Trophy) winner receives the 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post- graduate scholarship.

Semifinalists 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. It was renamed this fall in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal.

On October 29 The NFF Awards Committee selects up to 15 finalists. Each finalist will be recognized as part of the 2009 NFF National Scholar- Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. The Campbell Trophy winner will have his scholarship increased to $25,000, and will be announced live at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner on December 8 at the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. A total distribution of $277,000 in scholarships will be awarded that evening.

Gregory is a graduate student and team co-captain of the Tigers. The Blackburn, Mo. native earned his undergraduate degree from Mizzou in May of 2008, and is currently working on his Master’s degree, which he plans to finish in May.  He was a 2nd-Team All-Big 12 selection in 2008, and he’s scheduled to make his 34th consecutive start at right guard this Saturday at Oklahoma State.

Gregory is also one of 30 candidates for the 2009 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which honors the nation’s top student-athletes in the categories of classroom, character, community and competition.

Former Tigers Chase Daniel, Brad Smith, Rob Droege, Corby Jones, and Jake Stueve  were all candidates for the Draddy Trophy as well.