Braxton Berrios a finalist for national scholar-athlete award

Braxton Berrios. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

CORAL GABLES — Miami’s leading receiver is setting a good example off the field.

Senior Braxton Berrios was one of 13 national finalists for the Campbell Award, a scholarship which earns him $18,000 toward post-grad studies and if he wins, a chance to boost that total to $25,000.

Berrios, who is majoring in finance and entrepreneurship, has a 3.96 GPA. He has said he has a streak of As going back to middle school.

He is on track to graduate in December, and will do so with a host of honors: 2016 UM Scholar-Athlete of the Year, that year’s recipient of the football team’s Mariutto Family Scholar-Athlete Award, dean’s list member every semester thus far, three-time President’s List honoree and seven-time Provost’s Honor Roll member.

Berrios, from Raleigh, N.C., has a team-high 415 yards and six touchdowns on 32 catches. His 16.3-yard punt return average is best in the ACC. He earned ACC receiver of the week honors after his two-touchdown performance at Florida State on Oct. 7.

As a junior, Berrios finished 11th nationally in punt return average (11.3 yards) and was awarded the 2016 University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Unsung Hero Award.

He is also a two-time participant in the football team’s annual bone marrow drive, has visited Holtz Children’s Hospital and took part in the Hurricanes’ hospital visit during the 2015 Sun Bowl.

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