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Holmes Named Campbell Semifinalist
Thursday, October 7, 10:30 a.m. PT

Lost in the craziness of last week's preparations for a national television broadcast and ESPN College GameDay appearance was the fact that Jordan Holmes was named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy (formerly known as the Draddy Trophy) by the National Football Foundation (NFF). The award is considered by many to be the "academic Heisman".

The center from Yuba City, Calif. (home of the Honkers), earned his degree in Educational Foundations last spring and carries a 3.38 cumulative GPA as he continues coursework toward a second degree. He is one of 47 Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes to make the semifinalist list.

Equally impressive on the football field, Holmes has started 18 consecutive games at center and during the 22 starts in his career the Ducks have a record of 19-3 (11-1 in the Pac-10).

The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 15 finalists on Oct. 28. Each finalist earns the distinction of being a member of the 2010 NFF national scholar-athlete class and will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. The winner, who will be announced on Dec. 7, receives a $25,000 scholarship.

Dennis Dixon was the last Oregon player to earn NFF scholar-athlete honors when he was a finalist for the Draddy Trophy in 2007.

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