Saint Francis senior linebacker Piercen Harnish was one of 179 college football players who were named semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, often referred to as the "Academic Heisman," on Wednesday.
Harnish is Saint Francis's first semifinalist for the award, which recognizes college football's best scholar athlete. Harnish was one of 10 NAIA football players to be named a semifinalist. The award is open to seniors and graduate students in their final year of eligibility who have a GPA of at least 3.2, have made significant contributions to their team on the field and have shown strong leadership and citizenship off the field. Each school is limited to one nominee, and the winner is chosen by the National Football Foundation Awards Committee.
The NFF will announce 12 to 14 finalists on Oct. 31, each of whom will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship and be invited to the Annual Award Dinner on Dec. 4.
This news comes after Harnish set the Saint Francis school record for career tackles, recording 14 against St. Xavier to improve to 398. He was named Mid-States Football Association Mideast League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.