UT's Lincoln semifinalist for 'Academic Heisman'

KNOXVILLE (UTSports.com) -- Tennessee placekicker Daniel Lincoln has been named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy, formerly called the Draddy Trophy and commonly known as the “Academic Heisman.”

Lincoln, a graduate public administration major who three times has earned Academic All-SEC honors and twice was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, is one of six semifinalists from the SEC and one of 47 nationwide. The trophy is given to a senior or graduate student based on grade-point average, leadership, citizenship and football ability.

The five other SEC semifinalists are Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy, Georgia wide receiver Kris Durham, Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod, South Carolina offensive gaurd Garrett Chisolm and Vanderbilt linebacker John Stokes. The 15 finalists will be announced on Oct. 28 and the recipient of the Campbell Trophy will be announced Dec. 7 as part of the annual NFF Awards Program in New York City.

Lincoln, from Ocala, Fla., is one of the nation’s hottest kickers to begin 2010. He is one of only five in major college football to have made his first seven field goals and is just one successful three-pointer away from tying his own school record eight straight to start a season, set in his All-America campaign of 2007.

With 48 career field goals, Lincoln needs four more to tie John Becksvoort for fifth place on UT’s all-time leaderboard.

Tennessee is one of three schools with multiple Campbell Trophy recipients, joining Nebraska and Florida. Peyton Manning (1997) and Michael Munoz (2004) both won $25,000 post-graduate scholarships for their efforts at UT.