University at Buffalo senior safety Tim Roberts has been named among the 181 semifinalists for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments, the National Football Foundation announced on Wednesday. Considered by many to be the "Academic Heisman," the Campbell Trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
Roberts of Hahnville, La., is a social science interdisciplinary major with a 3.68 grade point average. A second-year starter for the Bulls, he ranks fourth on the team in tackles with 22, including a tackle for loss. For his career, Roberts has 86 tackles and a pair of interceptions.
Roberts is one of 71 from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and one of eight from the Mid-American Conference.
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Nov. 1, and each will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5 where the winner will be declared and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.
The award honors late Bill Campbell, former chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal.
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BASEBALL: Former Canisius pitcher Brandon Bielecki was named the Golden Griffins assistant coach and pitching coach by new head coach Matt Mazurek. Bielecki, who played at Niagara County Community College before Canisius, has been pitching coach under Matt Clingersmith at NCCC but most recently was on the staff of Tyler Junior College in Texas.
GOLF: Hamburg native Sara Riso (Mount Mercy) overcame a five-stroke deficit by shooting a Siena women's golf record 69 to win the Dartmouth Invitational last weekend in Hanover, N.H. Riso's 36-hole total of 139 was also a Siena record. Riso overtook Luciana Tobia of Quinnipiac to win the tournament by two strokes. Also, she led the Siena team to a school records with 301 in the first round at Dartmouth and 619 for 36 holes for a fifth-place finish.
Daemen College announced that Tan Tara Golf Club in North Tonawanda will be the official home course of its NCAA Division II men's golf team.