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The impressive list of 2018 Campbell Trophy® semifinalists includes Jesse Burkett (Stanford), Trace McSorley (Penn State), Drue Tranquill (Notre Dame) and Christian Wilkins (Clemson).

Celebrating the 60th year of its National Scholar-Athlete Awards, the NFF will select 12-14 finalists, who will each receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and vie for college football’s premier scholar-athlete award.

IRVING, Texas (Sept. 26, 2018) – Recognizing one of the most impressive groups of scholar-athletes in the history of college football, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) proudly announced today the 179 semifinalists for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy®. The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Fidelity Investments is a proud partner of the Campbell Trophy®.

The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 31, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 60th NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 4, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. Live during the event, one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 29th William V. Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have aGPA 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 class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.

“These 179 impressive candidates truly represent the scholar-athlete ideal,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, whose sons Peyton (Campbell Trophy® winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. “For 60 years, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete program has showcased more than 800 college football players who have been successful on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. This year’s semifinalists further illustrate the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders.”

Named in honor of the late Bill Campbell, former chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal, the Campbell Trophy® is a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient’s grant by $7,000 for a total postgraduate scholarship of $25,000. This year’s postgraduate scholarships will push the program’s all-time distribution to more than $11.5 million.

“The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees as well as their schools and coaches on their tremendous accomplishments,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are extremely proud to highlight each semifinalist’s achievements, showcasing their ability to balance academics and athletics at the highest level. The NFF Awards Committee will have an incredibly difficult task in selecting the finalists from this outstanding group of candidates.”


  • 60th Year of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Program
  • 29th Year of The William V. Campbell Trophy®
  • 179 Nominations
  • 3.62 Average GPA
  • Nominees with a perfect 4.0 GPA
  • 51 Nominees with a 3.8 GPA or better
  • 70 Nominees with a 3.7 GPA or Better
  • 29 Academic All-America Selections
  • 114 Captains
  • 95 All-Conference Picks
  • 16 All-Americans
  • 63 Nominees from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)
  • 40 Nominees from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)
  • 25 Nominees from NCAA Division II
  • 41 Nominees from NCAA Division III
  • 10 Nominees from the NAIA
  • 81 Offensive Players
  • 81 Defensive Players
  • 17 Special Teams Players

Launched in 1959, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program is celebrating its 60th year in 2018. The awards were the first initiative in history to grant postgraduate scholarships based on both a player’s academic and athletic accomplishments, and the NFF has recognized 841 outstanding individuals since their inception. The Campbell Trophy®, first awarded in 1990, adds to the program’s prestige, having previously honored two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, two Heisman Trophy winners and five first-round NFL draft picks.

Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of workplace savings plans in higher education, serves as a proud partner of the Campbell Trophy® and the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Since 2013, the Campbell Trophy® has been prominently displayed inside its official home at the New York Athletic Club.

Fidelity also helped launch the NFF Faculty Salutes, which recognize the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives at each of the institutions with a Campbell Trophy® finalist/NFF National Scholar-Athlete. As part of the initiative, the NFF presents each of the faculty representatives with a plaque, and Fidelity donates $5,000 for the academic support services at each school with a total of $505,000 distributed from 2011-17.

The past recipients of The William V. Campbell Trophy® include: Air Force’s Chris Howard(1990); Florida’s Brad Culpepper (1991); Colorado’s Jim Hansen (1992); Virginia’s Thomas Burns (1993); Nebraska’s Rob Zatechka (1994); Ohio State’s Bobby Hoying (1995); Florida’sDanny Wuerffel (1996); Tennessee’s Peyton Manning (1997); Georgia’s Matt Stinchcomb(1998); Marshall’s Chad Pennington (1999); Nebraska’s Kyle Vanden Bosch (2000); Miami (Fla.)’s Joaquin Gonzalez (2001); Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.)’s Brandon Roberts(2002); Ohio State’s Craig Krenzel (2003); Tennessee’s Michael Munoz (2004); LSU’s Rudy Niswanger (2005); Rutgers’ Brian Leonard (2006); Texas’ Dallas Griffin (2007); California’sAlex Mack (2008); Florida’s Tim Tebow (2009); Texas’ Sam Acho (2010); Army West Point’sAndrew Rodriguez (2011); Alabama’s Barrett Jones (2012); Penn State’s John Urschel (2013); Duke’s David Helton (2014); Oklahoma’s Ty Darlington (2015); Western Michigan’s Zach Terrell (2016); and Virginia’s Micah Kiser (2017).


 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)




Hale Hentges


Hjalte Froholdt

Army West Point

Kenneth Brinson Jr.

Ball State

Alex Joss

Boston College

Zach Allen

Brigham Young

Adam Pulsipher


Patrick Laird

Central Michigan

Mitch Stanitzek


Christian Wilkins

Colorado State

Wyatt Bryan


Ben Humphreys

Eastern Michigan

Jeremiah Harris


Jackson Harris

Georgia Tech

Brad Stewart


Zach Vaughan


Nick Allegretti


Wes Martin


Parker Hesse

Iowa State

Spencer Benton

Kansas State

Dalton Risner

Kent State

Matt Bahr


Miles Butler


Chase Hancock


Drew Kyser


Noah Furbush

Michigan State

Khari Willis

Middle Tennessee State

Brent Stockstill


Jared Weyler


Sean Rawlings


Corey Fatony


Andrew Wood


Mick Stoltenberg


Ty Gangi

North Carolina State

Ryan Finley

Northern Illinois

Max Scharping

Notre Dame

Drue Tranquill

Oklahoma State

Britton Abbott

Old Dominion

Oshane Ximines

Penn State

Trace McSorley


Alex Bookser


David Blough


Graysen Schantz


Zack Heeman

San Jose State

Bryce Crawford

South Alabama

Gavin Patterson

South Florida

Jaymon Thomas

Southern Methodist

Garrett Stotts


Jesse Burkett


Eric Dungey


Frank Nutile


Kyle Phillips


Jak Holbrook

Texas at San Antonio

Yannis Routsas


Cody Thompson


Mitch Wishnowsky

Utah State

Jontrell Rocquemore


Kyle Shurmur


Lester Coleman

Washington State

Peyton Pelluer

West Virginia

Billy Kinney

Western Michigan

John Keenoy


D’Cota Dixon


Nick Smith

Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)



Alabama State

Dylan Renaker

Alcorn State

Charles Hughes

Austin Peay State

Ryan Rockensuess


Christian Montano


Bryan Marine


Thomas Hartshorn


Alex Trotter


Mike Hinton


Drew Hunnicutt


Nathan Campbell


David Leisring


Nathan Clayberg

Eastern Illinois

Aaron Callaway

Grambling State

De’Arius Christmas


Alex White

Holy Cross

Ryan Brady


Ed Hall

Illinois State

Jake Kolbe


Nic Duch

James Madison

Hunter Etheridge


Andrew Chuma


Harrison Kauffman


LeMarkus Bailey


Reggie Tilleman

New Hampshire

Kyle Reisert

North Dakota State

Easton Stick

Northern Arizona

Jake Casteel


Jack Soslow


Jesper Horsted

Robert Morris

Adam Wollet

Sacred Heart

Andrew O’Neill

Saint Francis

Michael Ames

San Diego

Anthony Lawrence

South Dakota

Isaac Armstead

South Dakota State

Taryn Christion


Ryan Bell

Western Carolina

Zachary Weeks

Western Illinois

Sean McGuire


J. Hunter Roman

Youngstown State

Armand Dellovade

Division II



Ashland (OH)

Travis Downing

Bentley (MA)

Jack Hansbury

Black Hills State (SD)

Austin Goddard

Central Missouri

Austin Miller

Colorado State-Pueblo

Brandon Payer

East Stroudsburg (PA)

Michael Fleming

Emporia State (KS)

Landon Nault

Grand Valley State (MI)

Bart Williams

Harding (AR)

Sam Blankenship

Kutztown (PA)

Conor Sullivan

Malone (OH)

Matt Blasiole

Mars Hill (NC)

Jake Sell

Minnesota Duluth

Jason Balts

Missouri S&T

Landon Compton

Newberry (SC)

Jawanza Adams

Northwest Missouri State

Ben Althoff

Ohio Dominican

Cory Contini

Ouachita Baptist (AR)

Drew Harris

Pittsburg State (KS)

Darian Taylor

Southeastern Oklahoma State

Joel Carlos

Southern Arkansas

Kile Pletcher

Southwest Minnesota State

Jon Dicke

Texas A&M-Commerce

Garrett Blubaugh

Wayne State (MI)

Drew Dowding

Wingate (NC)

Christopher Birozes

Division III



Allegheny (PA)

Tristan Rhoades

Amherst (MA)

Andrew Yamin

Baldwin Wallace (OH)

Rob Wolfington

Berry (GA)

Nick McGee

Bethel (MN)

Kyle Kilgore

Birmingham-Southern (AL)

Matthew Byers

Bluffton (OH)

Ethan Williams

Bowdoin (ME)

Cam Rondeau

Central (IA)

Patrick Gray

Centre (KY)

John Wilson

DePauw (IN)

Nate Orrison

Franklin & Marshall (PA)

Brendan Kilkenny

Frostburg State (MD)

Joey Powell

Gallaudet (DC)

Brad Peterson

Hardin-Simmons (TX)

Patrick Riley

Hobart (NY)

Kiyon Brandford

Illinois College

JD Roesch

John Carroll (OH)

Drew Turner

Johns Hopkins (MD)

Anthony Davidson

Juniata (PA)

Joel Reighard

Lake Forest (IL)

Jagan Cleary

Lycoming (PA)

Sam Romanofsky

Maine Maritime

John Bennett

Manchester (IN)

Zane Yon

Millsaps (MS)

Steele Liles

Moravian (PA)

Nick Zambelli

Mount Union (OH)

Danny Robinson

Ohio Wesleyan

Michael Smosny

Redlands (CA)

Christian Godina

Rhodes (TN)

P.J. Settles

Saint John’s (MN)

Will Gillach

Springfield (MA)

Nick Giorgio

Stevenson (MD)

Ashton Leschke

Washington & Jefferson (PA)

Andrew Reo

Washington U. in St. Louis (MO)

Hank Michalski

Wesleyan (CT)

Joseph Wilson

Wheaton (IL)

Eric Stevenson


Turner Geisthardt


Caleb Adams


Nate Trewyn

Wooster (OH)

Russell Boston




Benedictine (KS)

Blake Fanning

Cumberland (TN)

Jeremy Williams

Dakota State (SD)

Michael Cleveland

Edward Waters (FL)

Justin Slaughter

Lindsey Wilson (KY)

Trent Mueller

Montana Western

Connor McKillop

Northwestern College (IA)

Bryce Van Beek

Peru State (NE)

Dan Boshart

Presentation (SD)

Austin Eggl

Saint Francis (IN)

Piercen Harnish

About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame

Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include Football Matters®, the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy®, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments – a proud partner of the Campbell Trophy®, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, the Sports Business Journal, SportsManias, Under Armour and VICIS. Learn more at

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