Hanus Named Semi-Finalist in 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete

Oct 1, 2012 | University of Dubuque Theological Seminary

October 01, 2012
Hanus Named Semi-Finalist in 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete

DALLAS, Texas - Selected as the best and brightest from the college gridiron, The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the 147 candidates for the 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments®, a leading provider of not-for-profit workplace retirement savings plans in higher education. The 147 nominees also comprise the list of semifinalists for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
The University of Dubuque is proud to have Wyatt Hanus (Sr., QB, Traer, Iowa/North Tama HS) named a semi-finalist in 2012. Hanus follows UD's Gagliardi Trophy winner Michael Zweifel, who was one of the 16 finalists in 2011. Zweifel was flown to New York City where he received an $18,000 post graduate scholarship in December of 2011.

"We are so pleased we have student-athletes doing so well in the classroom and on the field," commented head coach Stan Zweifel. "Wyatt's contributions to our football team and to the University are shown by his countless hours of community service in an around the Dubuque area."

Hanus, a double major in accounting and business marketing with a minor in coaching maintains a 3.85 cumulative grade point average. He volunteers his free time with YMCA, Special Olympics, Opening Doors (a shelter for homeless women and chidlren), as a soccer referee, and is helping organize a fundraising effort for the Spartans Homecoming football game on Oct.13 to help fight Alzheimers disease. 
"To have two nominations for this prestigious award in back-to-back years, speaks to what we are trying to do at the University of Dubuque in academics and athletics," added Stan Zweifel.

"This year's candidates truly embody the National Football Foundation's mission of building leaders through football," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning whose sons Peyton (1997 Campbell Trophy winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. "They are standouts in the classroom and on the field and have become leaders in their respective communities. Each school should take great pride in being represented by such well-rounded young men who will undoubtedly go on to do great things in life." 

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, 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 class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators. 

"The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees for maintaining such high standards throughout their collegiate careers," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "We are extremely proud to showcase their achievements, and there is no question that the NFF Awards Committee will have an incredibly difficult task in selecting the final group of honorees from among this esteemed group." 

The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, October 25. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy. Each member of the 2012 National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored December 4 during the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. One member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the winner of the Campbell Trophy. 

Named 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, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient's grant by $7,000 for a total post-graduate scholarship of $25,000. A total distribution of $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner, pushing the program's all-time distributions to more than $10.1 million. 

Launched in 1959, the NFF scholar-athlete program became the first initiative in history to award post-graduate scholarships based on both a player's academic and athletic accomplishments. The Campbell Trophy, first awarded in 1990, adds to the program's mystique, having previously honored two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, two Heisman Trophy winners and five first-round NFL draft picks. 

In 2011, the NFF and Fidelity launched a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. As part of the initiative, Fidelity became the first presenting sponsor ever in the 54-year history of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program. Fidelity also helped launch the NFF Faculty Salutes Initiative, which recognizes the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives at each of the institutions with an NFF National Scholar-Athlete. As part of the initiative, the NFF will present each of the faculty representatives with a plaque and a $5,000 check from Fidelity Investments to support the academic support services for student-athletes at each school. 

The past recipients of the Campbell Trophy include: Air Force's Chris Howard (1990); Florida's Brad Culpepper (1991); Colorado's Jim Hansen (1992); Virginia's Thomas Burns(1993); Nebraska's Rob Zatechka (1994); Ohio State's Bobby Hoying (1995); Florida'sDanny Wuerffel (1996); Tennessee's Peyton Manning (1997); Georgia's Matt Stinchcomb(1998); Marshall's Chad Pennington (1999); Nebraska's Kyle Vanden Bosch (2000); Miami's (Fla.) Joaquin Gonzalez (2001); Washington University in St. Louis' Brandon Roberts (2002); Ohio State's Craig Krenzel (2003); Tennessee's Michael Munoz (2004); LSU's Rudy Niswanger (2005); Rutgers' Brian Leonard (2006); Texas' Dallas Griffin(2007); Cal's Alex Mack (2008); Florida's Tim Tebow (2009); Texas' Sam Acho (2010); and Army's Andrew Rodriguez (2011). 


  • 3.57 Average GPA
  • 29 nominees with a 3.80 GPA or better
  • 91 Team Captains
  • 74 All-Conference Picks
  • 21 Academic All-America Selections
  • 14 All-America Selections
  • 50 Nominees from the Football Bowl Subdivision
  • 35 Nominees from the Football Championship Subdivision
  • 12 Nominees from the Division II
  • 41 Nominees from the Division III
  • 9 Nominees from the NAIA
  • 68 Offensive Players
  • 53 Defensive Players
  • 26 Special Teams Players 


    Football Bowl Subdivision
    Alabama -- Barrett Jones
    Arkansas -- Dylan Breeding
    Army -- Zach Watts
    Auburn -- Ashton Richardson
    Ball State -- Scott Kovanda
    Baylor -- Nick Florence
    Brigham Young -- Riley Nelson
    California -- Matt Summers-Gavin
    Central Florida -- Lyle Dankenbring
    Clemson -- Dalton Freeman
    Colorado -- Dustin Ebner
    Duke -- Sean Renfree
    Eastern Michigan -- Alex Gillett
    Florida -- Caleb Sturgis
    Florida State -- Dustin Hopkins
    Georgia -- Ty Frix
    Indiana -- Adam Replogle
    Iowa -- James Vandenberg
    Iowa State -- Carter Bykowski
    Kentucky -- Matt Smith
    Louisiana Tech -- Matt Nelson
    Mississippi -- Tyler Campbell
    Missouri -- T.J. Moe
    Navy -- Keegan Wetzel
    Nebraska -- Rex Burkhead
    North Carolina -- Pete Mangum
    North Carolina State -- McKay Frandsen
    Northern Illinois -- Nabal Jefferson
    Northwestern -- Patrick Ward
    Notre Dame -- Manti Te'o
    Ohio -- Matt Weller
    Ohio State -- Ben Buchanan
    Penn State -- Pete Massaro
    Purdue -- Robert Maci
    Rutgers -- Duron Harmon
    San Jose State -- Travis Johnson
    South Carolina -- Seth Strickland
    South Florida -- Evan Landi
    Southern California -- Matt Barkley
    Syracuse -- Ryan Nassib
    Texas -- Marquise Goodwin
    Texas Tech -- Cody Davis
    Toledo -- Dan Molls
    UCLA -- Jeff Locke
    Utah -- Sean Sellwood
    Virginia Tech -- Joey Phillips
    West Virginia -- Jeff Braun
    Western Michigan -- Chris Prom
    Wisconsin -- Shelton Johnson
    Wyoming -- Luke Ruff

    Football Championship Subdivision
    Austin Peay State -- Wesley Kitts
    Brown -- Ross Walthall
    Bryant -- Colin Sullivan
    Bucknell -- Sam Oyekoya
    Butler -- Jordan Ridley
    Campbell -- Sam Eberwein
    Colgate -- Chris Looney
    Dartmouth -- Patrick Lahey
    Dayton -- Bill Petraiuolo
    Delaware -- Ethan Clark
    Drake -- Tyler Moorehead
    Eastern Kentucky -- Patrick Ford
    Fordham -- Patrick Murray
    Georgia State -- Akeen Felder
    Holy Cross -- Tom Mannix
    Maine -- Brian Harvey
    Missouri State -- Matt Thayer
    Montana -- Samuel Gratton
    New Hampshire -- Chris Zarkoskie
    Nicholls State -- Kerry Guidry
    North Dakota -- Ross Brenneman
    North Dakota State -- Garrett Bruhn
    Northern Arizona -- Jake Hess
    Northern Colorado -- Mason Puckett
    Northern Iowa -- Kyle Bernard
    Northwestern State -- John Shaughnessy
    Old Dominion -- Jonathan Plisco
    Princeton -- Joe Cloud
    Rhode Island -- Kyle Elliott
    Robert Morris -- Nolan Nearhoof
    Sam Houston State -- Eric Fieilo
    South Dakota State -- Tyrel Kool
    Southern Illinois -- Joe Okon
    UC-Davis -- Sean Davies
    UT-Chattanooga -- Adam Miller

    Division II
    Adams State (Colo.) -- Jason Nottingham
    Ashland (Ohio) -- Donnie Dottei
    C.W. Post-LIU (N.Y.) -- Grayson Laurino
    Eastern New Mexico -- Wes Wood
    Harding (Ark.) -- Josh Aldridge
    Missouri Univ. of Science & Tech. -- Josh Firm
    Missouri Southern State -- Kellen Cox
    St. Cloud State (Minn.) -- Andrew Beckmann
    Wayne State (Mich.) -- Nick Thomas
    West Texas A&M -- Aarone Mulane
    Wingate (N.C.) -- Andrew Nallenweg

    Division III
    Albion (Mich.) -- Spencer Krauss
    Albright (Pa.) -- J.T. Harding
    Bethany (W.Va.) -- Johnathan Foster
    Bethel (Minn.) -- Gavin Maurer
    Bluffton (Ohio) -- Ryan Sabin
    Case Western Reserve (Ohio) -- Dan Calabrese
    Central (Iowa) -- Ross Doehrmann
    Denison (Ohio) -- Nathaniel Kell
    DePauw (Ind.) -- Christopher Lamping
    Dubuque (Iowa) -- Wyatt Hanus
    Emory & Henry (Va.) -- Ross Ellis
    Franklin and Marshall (Pa.) -- Kenny Provost
    Frostburg State (Md.) -- Anthony Young
    Gallaudet (D.C.) -- Denton Mallas
    Gettysburg (Pa.) -- Larry DelViscio
    Grinnell (Iowa) -- TJ Schaid
    Hampden-Sydney (Va.) -- Alex Price
    Hardin-Simmons (Texas) -- Travis Sugar
    Kean (N.J.) -- T.J. Denehy
    King's (Pa.) -- Ryan Cordingly
    Lake Forest (Ill.) -- Aidan Price
    Lycoming (Pa.) -- Parker Showers
    Macalester (Minn.) -- Riley Koval
    Manchester (Ind.) -- Matt Frieden
    Massachusetts Institute of Tech. -- Ethan Peterson
    Mount Union (Ohio) -- Nick Driskill
    North Central (Ill.) -- Alex Pirela
    Oberlin (Ohio) -- David Kalgren
    Rowan (N.J.) -- Chris Popper
    Saint John's (Minn.) -- Stephen Johnson
    Shenandoah (Va.) -- Nick Erdman
    Simpson (Iowa) -- Mark Cronin
    Union (N.Y.) -- Noah Joseph
    Wartburg (Iowa) -- Garrett McGrane
    Washington Univ. in St. Louis (Mo.) -- Dan Burkett
    Westfield State (Mass.) -- Chris Walker
    Wheaton (Ill.) -- Sam VanHeest
    Williams (Mass.) -- Ladd Hamrick
    Wisconsin-Eau Claire -- Matt Hawley
    Wisconsin-Oshkosh -- Ben Strehlow
    Wisconsin-Stout -- Joshua Peterson

    Bethel (Tenn.) -- Jouan Cox
    Cumberland (Tenn.) -- Cody McCallister
    Dakota State (S.D.) -- John Niesen
    Faulkner (Ala.) -- Mitchell Thornton
    McPherson (Kan.) -- Jacob Snodgrass
    Peru State (Neb.) -- Joel Woodhead
    Saint Xavier (Ill.) -- Shane Zackery
    Univ. of the Cumberlands (Ky.) -- Jay Bright
    William Penn (Iowa) -- Mason Woods