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NFF Announces Impressive List of 185 Semifinalists for 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda

by | Sep 25, 2019 | Football Blogs, Headlines, RRSN News | 0 comments

IRVING, Texas (Sept. 25, 2019) – Once again recognizing another impressive group of scholar-athletes, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) proudly announced today the 185 semifinalists for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda. Celebrating its 30th year in 2019, the award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.

The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 30, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2019 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10, 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 30th Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda 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 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 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 185 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 more than 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. And we are excited to celebrate the 30th year of the William V. Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda, which honors the best of the best. 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® Presented by Mazda 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 $11.7 million.

Last week, Mazda announced a three-year partnership to sponsor the Campbell Trophy®, kicking off the automaker’s Power of Potential Platform.

“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.”

2019 WILLIAM V. CAMPBELL TROPHY® PRESENTED BY MAZDA SEMIFINALISTS NOTES
• 30th year of the William V. Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda
• 61st year of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards presented by Fidelity Investments
• 185 Nominations
• 3.69 Average GPA
• 8 Nominees with a perfect 4.0 GPA
• 59 Nominees with a 3.8 GPA or better
• 81 Nominees with a 3.7 GPA or Better
• 24 Academic All-America Selections
• 108 Captains
• 87 All-Conference Picks
• 18 All-Americans
• 71 Nominees from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)
• 39 Nominees from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)
• 19 Nominees from NCAA Division II
• 49 Nominees from NCAA Division III
• 7 Nominees from the NAIA
• 89 Offensive Players
• 76 Defensive Players
• 20 Special Teams Players

Launched in 1959, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards presented by Fidelity Investments celebrate their 61st year in 2019. 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 854 outstanding individuals since their inception. The Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda was first awarded in 1990 and is celebrating its 30th year in 2019. The trophy adds to the program’s prestige, having previously honored two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, two Heisman Trophy winners and six first-round NFL draft picks.

Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of workplace savings plans in higher education, serves as the presenting sponsor of 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.

The past recipients of the Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda, include:

1990 – Chris Howard (Air Force)
1991 – Brad Culpepper (Florida)
1992 – Jim Hansen (Colorado)
1993 – Thomas Burns (Virginia)
1994 – Rob Zatechka (Nebraska)
1995 – Bobby Hoying (Ohio State)
1996 – Danny Wuerffel (Florida)
1997 – Peyton Manning (Tennessee)
1998 – Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia)
1999 – Chad Pennington (Marshall)
2000 – Kyle Vanden Bosch (Nebraska)
2001 – Joaquin Gonzalez (Miami [FL])
2002 – Brandon Roberts (Washington U. in St. Louis [MO])
2003 – Craig Krenzel (Ohio State)
2004 – Michael Munoz (Tennessee)
2005 – Rudy Niswanger (LSU)
2006 – Brian Leonard (Rutgers)
2007 – Dallas Griffin (Texas)
2008 – Alex Mack (California)
2009 – Tim Tebow (Florida);
2010 – Sam Acho (Texas)
2011 – Andrew Rodriguez (Army West Point)
2012 – Barrett Jones (Alabama)
2013 – John Urschel (Penn State)
2014 – David Helton (Duke)
2015 – Ty Darlington (Oklahoma)
2016 – Zach Terrell (Western Michigan)
2017 – Micah Kiser (Virginia)
2018 – Christian Wilkins (Clemson)

2019 SEMIFINALISTS FOR THE
WILLIAM V. CAMPBELL TROPHY® PRESENTED BY MAZDA

Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)

SCHOOL NAME
Air Force Isaiah Sanders
Akron John Lako
Appalachian State Jordan Fehr
Arizona Cody Creason
Arizona State Kyle Williams
Arkansas State Cody Grace
Auburn Jack Driscoll
Ball State Riley Miller
Baylor Marques Jones
Boise State Matt Locher
Brigham Young Talon Shumway
Buffalo Matt Otwinowski
California Steven Coutts
Central Florida Jordan Johnson
Central Michigan Clay Walderzak
Charlotte Tyriq Harris
Clemson Sean Pollard
Colorado Lucas Cooper
Duke Quentin Harris
East Carolina Alex Turner
Eastern Michigan Brody Hoying
Florida International James Morgan
Georgia Rodrigo Blankenship
Georgia Southern Tyler Bass
Georgia State Terry Thomas
Illinois Dre Brown
Indiana Nick Westbrook
Iowa State Ray Lima
Kansas State Adam Holtorf
LSU Blake Ferguson
Memphis Dustin Woodard
Miami (FL) K.J. Osborn
Michigan Jordan Glasgow
Michigan State Cole Chewins
Navy Travis Brannan
Nevada Quinton Conaway
New Mexico State Dylan Brown
Northern Illinois Jordan Steckler
Northwestern Jared Thomas
Notre Dame Christopher Finke
Ohio State Jordan Fuller
Oklahoma Connor McGinnis
Oklahoma State Matt Ammendola
Oregon Justin Herbert
Oregon State Andrzej Hughes-Murray
Penn State Blake Gillikan
Pittsburgh Jim Medure
Purdue Markus Bailey
Rice Myles Adams
San Diego State Parker Houston
San Jose State Josh Love
South Carolina Jake Bentley
South Florida Kirk Livingstone
Stanford Casey Toohill
Temple Zack Mesday
Texas Zach Shackelford
Texas A&M Braden Mann
Texas at San Antonio Andrew Martel
Texas State Hutch White
Texas Tech Travis Bruffy
Toledo Reggie Gilliam
Tulane Christian Montano
Utah State Jacoby Wildman
Vanderbilt Cody Markel
Virginia Jordan Mack
Wake Forest Cade Carney
Washington Nick Harris
Washington State Gage Gubrud
West Virginia Reese Donahue
Western Michigan Jon Wassink
Wyoming Cooper Rothe

Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)

SCHOOL NAME
Austin Peay State Pat Walker
Brown Nicholas Allsop
Bucknell Alex Pechin
Butler Brad Sznajder
Campbell Michael Wooten
Colgate Chris Puzzi
Columbia Arman Samouk
Cornell Jelani Taylor
Dartmouth Jack Traynor
Davidson Ethan Steinbacher
Dayton Tim Simon
Eastern Illinois Joe Caputo
Eastern Kentucky Samuel Hayworth
Eastern Washington Spencer Blackburn
Florida A&M Elijah Richardson
Harvard Brogan McPartland
Holy Cross Derek Mountain
Illinois State Ty DeForest
Jackson State CJ Anderson
Marist Andrew McElroy
Mercer Dorian Kithcart
Montana Dante Olson
Montana State Jered Padmos
Morgan State Ian McBorrough
Nicholls State Dontrell Taylor
Norfolk State Ricky Thomas Jr.
North Dakota State Ben Ellefson
Northwestern State Chris Zirkle
Pennsylvania Greg Begnoche
Princeton Andrew Griffin
Sacramento State Nick Bianco
Sacred Heart Jordan Meachum
South Dakota State Christian Rozeboom
Stetson Gaven DeFilippo
Tennessee Tech Seth Huner
Villanova Simon Bingelis
William & Mary Nate Atkins
Yale Sterling Strother
Youngstown State Kyle Hegedus

Division II

SCHOOL NAME
Ashland (OH) Clay Shreve
Bentley (MA) Ryan McCarthy
Colorado State-Pueblo Dan List
East Stroudsburg (PA) Levi Murphy
Ferris State (MI) Travis Russell
Frostburg State (MD) Vincent Persichetti
Harding (AR) Taylor Streeter
Minnesota State Mankato Alex Goettl
Newberry (SC) Tyler Lindsay
Northern State (SD) Zach Mohs
Northwest Missouri State Ryan Spelhaug
Oklahoma Baptist Hayden Ashley
Ouachita Baptist (AR) Brockton Brown
Sioux Falls (SD) Gabriel Watson
Southern Arkansas SirCharles Perkins
Stonehill (MA) Matthew Haite
Tarleton State (TX) Brant Bailey
Wayne State (MI) Ryan Smith
Wingate (NC) Connor Baroniunas

Division III

SCHOOL NAME
Allegheny (PA) Kyle McGee
Amherst (MA) Henry Atkeson
Augustana (IL) Luke Sawicki
Berry (GA) Hayden Murphy
Birmingham-Southern (AL) Austin Lewter
Bowdoin (ME) Joe Gowetski
Carnegie Mellon (PA) Michael Lohmeier
Case Western Reserve (OH) Isaac Withrow
Central (IA) Jon Alberts
Centre (KY) Cal Lewellyn
DePauw (IN) Connor Perkins
East Texas Baptist Brian Baca
Franklin and Marshall (PA) Matthew Hamby
Gallaudet (DC) Matthew Cracraft
Grinnell (IA) David Taylor
Hardin-Simmons (TX) Blake Johnston
Hobart (NY) Collin Hudgins
Illinois College Michael Koos
Ithaca (NY) John Hadac
Johns Hopkins (MD) David Tammaro
Juniata (PA) Austin Montgomery
Lycoming (PA) Cody Botts
Macalester (MN) Ethan Levin
MacMurray (IL) Trevor Schubert
Maine Maritime Spencer Baron
Manchester (IN) Alex Downard
Massachusetts Institute of Technology AJ Iversen
Middlebury (VT) Marty Williams
Monmouth (IL) Clark Gaden
Moravian (PA) Sal Pagano
Mount Union (OH) Frazier Daniel
Ohio Wesleyan Jax Harville
Redlands (CA) Blake Roy
Rhodes (TN) Monroe McKay
Saint John’s (MN) Jackson Erdmann
Springfield (MA) Nick Bainter
St. Thomas (MN) Elijah Rice
Susquehanna (PA) Mitch Carsley
Thiel (PA) Matt Crawford
Tufts (MA) Frank Roche
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (NY) Joe Vitelli
Washington Univ. in St. Louis (MO) Johnny Davidson
Wesleyan (CT) Will Kearney
Wheaton (IL) Corey Kennedy
Williams (MA) Jeremy Subjinski
Wisconsin-Oshkosh Alex Wipperfurth
Wisconsin-Stout Aaron Wisecup
Wisconsin-Whitewater Matt Anderson
Wooster (OH) Adam Clark

NAIA

SCHOOL NAME
Dakota State (SD) John Trout
Dakota Wesleyan (SD) Tyler Wagner
Doane (NE) Bryce Cooney
Montana Western Jason Ferris
Morningside (IA) Joel Katzer
Northwestern (IA) Sean Powell
Peru State (NE) Noah Kasbohm