SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Justin Herbert and his family are headed to New York next week.
Oregon’s star quarterback is not expected to be invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation, but Herbert is a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, which is essentially the academic Heisman.
Hebert, who has a cumulative 4.01 grade-point average and will graduate from UO with a degree in biology, was named the football Pac-12 scholar athlete of the year on Thursday.
The senior quarterback from Sheldon High is the first Oregon football player to receive the award.
Herbert will lead the 13th-ranked Ducks into the Pac-12 championship game against Utah on Friday at Levi’s Stadium (5 p.m., ABC).
“It was really cool,” Herbert said of participating in the summer commencement with several of his classmates before the 2019 season began. “It was a great opportunity for us to walk together and know that we’re been through so much and that our time is coming to an end.
“To just sit back and realize these are pretty special guys that you get to spend this time with.”
Herbert is a two-time Pac-12 all-academic first team honoree and a two-time CoSIDA first-team academic all-American.
The Campbell Trophy is presented annually to the best football scholar-athlete in the nation for combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.
Herbert is one of 12 finalists for Campbell Trophy, which means he will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. The award will be presented Tuesday in New York.
The 6-foot-6 senior, who put the NFL on hold to graduate from UO and exhaust his eligibility with the Ducks, is a projected first-round pick.
Herbert has passed for 3,140 yards with 31 touchdowns and five interceptions this season. He recently joined Marcus Mariota as the only quarterbacks in school history with over 10,000 career passing yards.
“He’s the main leader on this team,” said linebacker Troy Dye, who also returned for his senior season and graduated. “So we follow what he does."