Northern Illinois senior defensive tackle Mike Krause is one of 121 semifinalists named this morning for the 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy -- formerly known as the Draddy Trophy -- by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame.
Members of the group are also candidates for the 2010 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards. The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 15 of the players for post-graduate scholarship awards.
Krause sat out last season after being diagnosed with a heart ailment but has returned to the starting lineup for coach Jerry Kill's team this fall. He has seven tackles, 1.5 of them for loss.
The semifinalists come from all divisions of play in college football. Krause is one of 47 selected from Football Bowl Subdivision programs.
Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, semifinalists 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 trophy was renamed last fall in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal.