University at Buffalo senior punter Tyler Grassman was named a semifinalist for the 2015 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments, the National Football Foundation announced Thursday. Considered the "Academic Heisman," the Campbell Trophy recognizes an individual as the best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
A two-time Academic All-Mid-American Conference selection, Grassman boasts a 3.7 grade-point average as a business administration major. In his fourth season as the Bulls starting punter, the Columbus, Ohio, native ranks third in school history in both career punts (220) and career punt yardage (8,461). Grassman also handles kickoff duties and serves as the team's holder for field goals.
Of the 135 semifinalists, Grassman is one of just 56 from the Football Bowl Subdivision and one of six from the Mid-American Conference. In addition, he is one of just 12 special teams players named a semifinalist.
The NFF will announce 15 finalists on Oct. 29, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8.