Nevada's Bitonio a Semifinalist for National Scholar-Athlete Award

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Wolf Pack offensive lineman Joel Bitonio is a national semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy.

Bitonio is one of 170 candidates for the award, which goes out every year to the country's premier scholar-athlete. The semifinalists span all four divisions of NCAA football, including 54 from the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I.) There are also candidates from the NAIA.

More on the award below from the press release:

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards 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. 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.

The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, October 31. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy. Each member of the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored Dec. 10 during the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. One member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy.