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Fischer named semifinalist for academic award

Arizona football senior linebacker Jake Fischer was named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award and William V. Campbell Trophy on Wednesday.

Fischer is a marketing major with a 3.63 GPA and is on track to graduate in December.

There are 170 candidates nominated by their schools as “the best all-around student-athlete on their respective teams.” There will be 16 honorees that get an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and one wins the William V. Campbell Trophy.

Fischer is considering pursuing a business management degree for May 2014. He is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection and in 2012 was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.

According to the UA, he has volunteered for more than 40 hours of community service while at Arizona, serves as a mentor to freshmen and is a founding member of the Wildcats’ chapter of Uplifting Athletes.

On the field, Fischer, who is from Oro Valley, Ariz. led the Wildcats in tackles in 2012, is on the 2013 Lott Award Watch List, the 2013 Bednarik Award Watch List, was All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention last year and won the Pac-12 Player of the Week Award twice.

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