LUBBOCK, Texas - Senior safety Cody Davis has been named one of 15 recipients of the 2012 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Awards. The honorees also comprise the list of finalists for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar athlete in the nation.
Davis will join Gabe Rivera (2012 NFF Hall of Fame Inductee) at this year's 55th Annual National Football Foundation Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City on Dec. 4. Davis and the 14th other semifinalists will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and one member of the class will also be announced live at theevent as the 23rd recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation.
"This is a great honor for Cody and for his family and I couldn't be more thrilled for him," said Texas Tech Head Coach Tommy Tuberville. "Cody is model student-athlete and a tremendous young man that has his priorities in order and big goals for hisfuture. On the football field, he is a leader on our defense and is having a great senior season. Texas Tech will be represented very well in New York City with Cody and Gabe Rivera and it will be a great night to honor two outstanding Red Raiders."
Davis graduated with a degree in Management Information Systems and compiled an undergraduate grade point average of 3.7. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in Management Information Systems and has a perfect 4.0 GPA.
On the football field, Davis leads the Texas Tech defense with 56 tackles and three interceptions. His strong play has been a major factor in the Tech defense earning a No. 7 national ranking.
2012 NFF Scholar-Athlete Class
Matt Barkely, QB, USC
Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska
Cody Davis, S, Texas Tech
Nick Driskill, S, Mount Union (Ohio)
Nick Florence, QB, Baylor
Nabal Jefferson, DT, Northern Illinois
Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
Aaron Mullane, OL, West Texas A&M
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
Nolan Nearhoof, DE, Robert Morris
Ethan Peterson, OL, MIT
Sean Renfree, QB, Duke
Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
Patrick Ward, OT, Northwestern
Shane Zackery, WR, Saint Xavier (Ill.)
"This year's class contains some of the finest student-athletes to ever compete in college athletics in any sport," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "They have an average GPA of 3.67, which showcases their commitment to excellence in the classroom as well as on the field. Without exception, they embody what it takes to be great leaders. We are proud to hold them out as examples for future generations to emulate."
Previous Texas Tech NFF National Scholar Recipients
Kliff Kingsbury, QB, 2002
Graham Harrell, QB, 2008
The NFF's National Scholar-Athlete program, launched in 1959, is the first initiative in history to award scholar-athletes postgraduate scholarships for their combined athletic, academic and leadership abilities. This year's class members finds themselves in good company, as past National Scholar-Athletes include former NFL standoutDerrick Brooks (Florida State); actor Mark Harmon (UCLA); NASA astronaut
Leland Melvin (Richmond); former Dateline NBC anchor Stone Phillips (Yale); chairman of Augusta
National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament, Billy Payne (Georgia); famed NFLquarterback Steve Young (BYU); and Heisman Trophy winners Terry Baker (Oregon State), Gary Beban (UCLA),
Doug Flutie (Boston College) and Tim Tebow (Florida).
"The 2012 National Scholar-Athlete Class represents all that is right about college football," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, whose sons Peyton (Campbell winner) and Eli were NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. "They have displayed the same competitive fire to win in the classroom that has distinguished them as some of the best football players in the country. In addition, each has found time to give back with an impressive list of leadership roles in their respective communities. Ensuring that they continue their education with an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship is a privilege, and we know that they have only begun to reach their potential."
Named in honor of Bill Campbell (the chairman of Intuit, a former player and headcoach at Columbia
University, and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal), the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and a $7,000 increase in postgraduate funds for a total scholarship of $25,000. A total distribution of $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded that evening, pushing the program's all-time distributions to more than $10.1 million.
In 2011, the NFF and Fidelity Investments launched a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. As part of the initiative, Fidelity became the first presenting sponsor ever in the 54-year history of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program. Fidelity also helped launch the NFF FacultySalutes Initiative, which recognizes the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives at each of the institutions with an NFF National Scholar-Athlete. As part of the initiative, the NFF will present each of the faculty representatives with a plaque and a $5,000 check from Fidelity Investments to support the academic support services for student-athletes at each school.
2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Highlights
3.67 Average GPA
13-of-15 Team Captains
13-of-15 Academic All-Conference Athletes (with one player attending an independent school)
10-of-15 All-Conference Athletes (with one player attending an independent school)
8 Academic All-America Selections
(Burkhead, Driskill, Jones, Nearhoof, Peterson, Te'o, Ward, Zackery)
7 All-America Picks (Barkley, Burkhead, Davis, Driskill, Jones, Te'o, Zackery)
3 National Award Winners (Barkley - CollegeFootballNews.com Offensive Player of the Year; Driskill - D3Football.com National Defensive Player of the Year; Jones - Outland Trophy)
6 School Statistical Record Holders (Barkley, Burkhead, Florence, Nassib, Nearhoof, Renfree)
7 Members of Nationally Ranked Teams (Barkley, Davis, Driskill, Jones, Mullane, Te'o, Zackery)
6 National Championship Appearances (Driskill - 3; Jones - 2; Zackery - 1)
10 Offensive Players
(Barkley, Burkhead, Florence, Jones, Mullane, Nearhoof, Peterson, Renfree, Ward, Zackery)
5 Defensive Players (Davis, Driskill, Jefferson, Nearhoof, Te'o)
Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a gradepoint average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The 147 semifinalists for the award were announced on Sept. 27 (names listed on the following page), and the class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.
In addition to the presentation of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and the William V. Campbell
Trophy, the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner will include the induction of the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class and the presentation of several major awards, including the organization's highest honor, the NFF Gold Medal, and the NFF Distinguished American Award.