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OSU football: Britton Abbott named semifinalist for William V. Campbell Trophy

OSU football: Britton Abbott named semifinalist for William V. Campbell Trophy

Oklahoma State defensive tackle Britton Abbott greats fans in the stands after the second half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Mobile, Ala. Oklahoma State won 44-7. (AP Photo/Dan Anderson)

STILLWATER – Britton Abbott has been an exemplary student-athlete for the Oklahoma State football team.

A year removed from being named a second-team academic All-American, the senior Cowboy back was named one of 180 semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, the National Football Foundation announced Wednesday. The award recognizes the top scholar-athlete in college football.

Former OSU center Brad Lundblade was a finalist for the award last season.

The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 31. Each one will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 60th NFF National Scholar-Athlete class.

Finalists will travel to New York City on Dec. 4 for the 61st NFF Annual Award Dinner, where the winner will be announced. The winner’s postgraduate scholarship will increase to $25,000.

Candidates for the award are nominated by their schools and must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have outstanding football ability as a first-team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

Also a former first-team academic All-Big 12 selection, Abbott’s role has grown into a run blocker for OSU’s offense. He hasn’t caught a pass this season, though Cowboy backs have caught only caught three altogether.

Abbott and the Cowboys (3-1 overall, 0-1 Big 12) return to action at 11 a.m. Saturday against Kansas in Lawrence.

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