On Wednesday, Oregon State punter Nick Porebski was named as one of the 181 semi-finalists for the William Campbell Trophy, an award presented by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame annually to a player who is believed to be “college football's top scholar-athlete”.
To be considered for the award, a player must be a senior or graduate student (in his final year of eligibility) and nominated by their given school for the accolade. A nominated player must boast at least a 3.2 GPA, and excel both on-and-off the field, in a myriad of different aspects. Porebski was one of just five players chosen to the list from the Pac-12, including Arizona State running back Jacom Brimhall, California kicker Matt Anderson, Stanford offensive lineman David Bright and Washington State linebacker Peyton Pelluer.
On November 1st, the list of semi-finalists will be trimmed down to 12-14 finalists, who each will received “an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the National Football Foundation’s National Scholar-Athlete Class”. On December 5th, one finalist from the group will be declared as the official “winner of the award and have his scholarship increased to $25,000”. Last season’s winner was Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell. Other notable past recipients of the award include Florida quarterback Tim Tebow (2009), Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning (1997) and Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel (1996). The last Pac-12 player to win the award was California’s Alex Mack, who received the honor back in 2008.
While Porebski is being rightfully recognized for his balance of on-field and off-field excellence, the Australian native was also named in the preseason to the Ray Guy Award Watch List, an award annually presented to the best punter in the country. Porebski is believed to be a potential all-league selection as well at the end of the season, if he can continue to be a consistent game-changer on special teams for the Beavers.