Oklahoma Sooners Gabe Ikard was nominated for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards. He was one of 170 candidates across the nation to receive a nomination for the award.
The University of Oklahoma nominated Ikard for the award, which goes to seniors or graduate students in their final year of college eligibility. The qualifications include a 3.2 GPA or higher, a starter or significant contributor to their team, and a person who demonstrates strong leadership and citizenship.
The award winners will be announced on Oct. 31 after a selected group of voters (College Hall of Fame members, administrators and media members) lower the finalists down to 16. The winner receives the William V. Campbell Trophy and increases their scholarship by $7,000.
The first year of the award was 1990 when Chris Young of Air Force won it. Anyone can win the award, and in 2002 a Division III athlete won the award when Brandon Roberts of Washington University in St. Louis won it.
Previously, players from Big 12 schools Nebraska (1994 and 2000) and Texas (2007 and 2010) have won the award.
Source: National Football Foundation