Austin Tate nominated for NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards

FAYETTEVILLE ( - University of Arkansas senior tight end Austin Tate has been nominated for the 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, it was announced Wednesday by the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame.

A native of Harrison, Ark., Tate has played in 39 games with 10 starts in his collegiate career and has already graduated with a degree in agriculture business. Tate has caught 21 passes for 164 yards, made five tackles and returned one kickoff for six yards. After missing the first three games of 2013 due to injury, Tate appeared in each of the Razorbacks' last two games, at Rutgers and vs. No. 10 Texas A&M. He also is pursuing his master's degree in agriculture economics.

Nominated by their schools, 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 NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients with the results being announced Oct. 31. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and be named a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Each finalist will also travel to New York City on Dec. 10 to be honored during the 56th annual NFF Awards Dinner.

Tate and the Arkansas football team return to action Saturday as they face Florida inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.

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