Ayden Eberhardt of the Wyoming Cowboys among the semifnalists for “Academic Heisman” | national


LARAMIE – Ayden Eberhardt didn’t spend six years in Wyoming just to play football.

The wide receiver from Loveland, Colo., Who joined the program as a backup in 2016 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance in May 2020, is one of the semi-finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which honors top academic of the country’s college football. athlete.

Eberhardt is one of 176 shortlisted candidates for this year’s award, known as ‘Academic Heisman’, from all levels of college football. He earned a GPA of 3.31 as an undergraduate student and is currently working on a second UW degree in Communication.

After leading the Cowboys with 16 receptions for 252 yards last season, Eberhardt is second on the team this season with 12 receptions for 167 yards.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound super senior’s 23-yard catch on a third and 7 set up Xazavian Valladay’s 1-yard touchdown to give UW their first lead in the 24-22 win last Saturday. at UConn.

“It shows signs of a mature team,” Eberhardt said after the Cowboys’ third last-minute victory on their 4-0 start. “Obviously we would like to beat teams by more than two (points) or on last second games and practices when we come back and win. But I think it’s good to have that confidence.

“Throughout the season adversity is going to strike, and we’re going to be in these tight scenarios and situations. The experience of these close matches is huge and helps a lot once you are in another.

The list of semi-finalists will be reduced to 12 to 14 finalists on October 27. Each of the finalists will receive a graduate scholarship of $ 18,000, and the winner will have their graduate scholarship increased to $ 25,000.

Eberhardt is one of 79 nominees for the Campbell Trophy at the FBS level.

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