FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas senior punter Dylan Breeding has been named a semifinalist for the 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and the William V. Campbell Trophy, as announced on Thursday by the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame. A native of Hoover, Ala., Breeding is in his fourth season as the UA punter. He ranks fifth in the SEC and tied for 19th in the NCAA with his average of 44.9 yards per punt. Named to the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, Breeding has eight punts of 50-plus yards, including a career-long 72-yarder against Rutgers. Breeding has also placed seven kicks inside the 20-yard line. For his career, Breeding has punted 186 times for 7,869 yards. He ranks tied for fourth in UA history with 186 punts and his 7,869 punting yards is fourth in school history. Breeding’s average of 42.3 yards per punt in his career places him fifth in school annals. Nominated by their schools, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients with the results being announced on October 25. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and be named a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Each finalist will also travel to New York City on December 4 to be honored during the 55th annual NFF Awards Dinner. Breeding and the Arkansas football team return to action on Saturday as they face Texas A&M inside Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. Kickoff is set for 11:21 a.m. and the game will be televised on the SEC Network. To show your support for the Razorback football postseason awards campaign follow @ARKTD2012 on Twitter.