The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame has announced that The University of Montana’s Samuel Gratton is one of 147 candidates for the 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards. 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.

Gratton is a 6-0, 198-pound senior wide receiver from Billings (Senior High School), who is majoring in business (marketing), and maintains a 3.45 GPA.  He is the Grizzlies’ leading receiver this season with 14 receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns.  A three-year starter at UM, he’s ranked 31st in school history with 1,242 career receiving yards.  He has been named to the Big Sky Conference’s all-academic team the past three years.