Massaro nominated for two student athlete awards

Penn State defensive end Pete Massaro has been nominated for the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame’s Scholar-Athlete Fellowship, as well as the William V. Campbell Trophy presented to the nation’s top student athlete.

Massaro, a graduate of Marple Newtown High School in Delaware County, graduated last December with a 3.85 grade-point average as a finance major.  He is on schedule to earn an economics degree at the end of the current semester in December.

Massaro was named an Academic All-American at the end of the 2010 season. He sat out all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

This season, he played in Penn State’s first two games but injured his shoulder at Virginia and has been sidelined ever since.

Massaro also has been nominated for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for the 2012 season.

The NFF awards committee will select a maximum of 16 finalists for the Scholar-Athlete Fellowship and announce the winners, each of whom will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship, on Oct. 25.

The Campbell Trophy, named in honor of Bill Campbell, a former player and head coach at Columbia, honors outstanding football ability, top academics, strong leadership and citizenship.

Schools are limited to one nomination each for the Campbell Trophy.

Penn State has seen 16 football players win a Scholar-Athlete Fellowship, the last being Stefen Wisniewski in 2010.

--Joe Juliano