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Best of the Best Announced: Semifinalists for 2014 Campbell Trophy, College Football’s Premier Scholar-Athlete Award
The NFF announces 169 of the nation’s top football players as candidates for the 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments.
Published: 9/25/2014 10:52:00 AM
(Pictured: Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly leads an impressive list of 169 semifinalists for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy, college football’s premier scholar-athlete award.)

IRVING, Texas (Sept. 25, 2014)
– Selected as the best and brightest from the college gridiron, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) proudly announced today the 169 semifinalists for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments® and hosted at the New York Athletic Club, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014.

The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation, and up to 16 of the candidates will be named recipients of a prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award, also presented by Fidelity Investments. Launched in 1959, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete program awards $18,000 scholarships that can be used for the honorees’ postgraduate educations. This year’s recipients will be announced Oct. 30, and one will be declared the winner of the Campbell Trophy Dec. 9 at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner.

Named in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient’s grant by $7,000 for a total post-graduate scholarship of $25,000. A total distribution of $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner, pushing the program’s all-time distributions to more than $10.7 million.

“These 169 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. “It is important for us to showcase their success 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.”


·      169 nominations

·      3.65 Average GPA

·      44 nominees with a 3.8 GPA or better

·      97 Team Captains

·      86 All-Conference Picks

·      27 Academic All-America Selections

·      19 All-America Selections

·      62 Nominees from the Football Bowl Subdivision

·      37 Nominees from the Football Championship Subdivision

·      25 Nominees from the Division II

·      34 Nominees from the Division III

·      11 Nominees from the NAIA

·      80 Offensive Players

·      67 Defensive Players

·      22 Special Teams Players

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 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.

“The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees as well as their schools and coaches on this tremendous honor,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are extremely proud to highlight each semifinalist’s achievements, which show that football players can balance between 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.”

The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, Oct. 30. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and hosted at the NYAC, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014. Each member of the 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored Dec. 9 during the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. One member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the winner of the Campbell Trophy.

Launched in 1959, the NFF scholar-athlete program became the first initiative in history to award post-graduate scholarships based on both a player’s academic and athletic accomplishments, and it has recognized 787 outstanding individuals since its 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. Earlier this month, Fidelity Investments became the first presenting sponsor of the Campbell Trophy.

In 2011, the NFF and Fidelity launched a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. As part of the initiative, Fidelity became the first presenting sponsor ever in the 55-year history of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program. Fidelity also helped launch the NFF Faculty Salutes initiative, which recognizes the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives at each of the institutions with an NFF National Scholar-Athlete. As part of the initiative, the NFF will present each of the faculty representatives with a plaque and a $5,000 check from Fidelity Investments to support the academic support services for student-athletes at each school.

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’s Danny 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’s Alex Mack (2008); Florida’s Tim Tebow (2009); Texas’ Sam Acho (2010); Army’s Andrew Rodriguez (2011); Alabama’s Barrett Jones (2012); and Penn State’s John Urschel (2013).

2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards Candidates,
presented by Fidelity Investments

Football Bowl Subdivision Football Championship Subdivision Division III
Alabama - Arie Kouandjio Alabama State - Edward Mosley Allegheny (Pa.) - Jesse Battaglia
Arizona - Jared Tevis Austin Peay State - Ben Campbell Bates (Maine) - David Kurey
Arizona State - Taylor Kelly Brown - Dan Giovacchini Bethel (Minn.) - Josh Treimer
Arkansas - Alan D'Appollonio Bucknell - Derek Maurer Case Western (Ohio) - Sean Lapcevic
Army - Terry Baggett Campbell - Adam Lutz Concordia (Wisc.) - Austin Damaschke
Baylor - Troy Baker Charleston Southern - Christian Reyes Gallaudet (D.C.) - Nico Santiago
Buffalo - Lee Skinner Dayton - Will Bardo Grinnell (Iowa) - David Ternes
BYU - Kevin O'Mary Delaware - Laith Wallschleger Hampden-Sydney (Va.) - Nash Nance
California - Chris Adcock Eastern Kentucky - Caleb Watkins Hardin-Simmons (Texas) - Bryce Johnson
Central Florida - Sean Beckton Fordham - Brett Biestek Heidelberg (Ohio) - Austin Hunter
Central Michigan - Michael Kinville Georgetown - Alec May Hendrix (Ark.) - Casey Caton
Colorado - Will Oliver Harvard - Michael Mancinelli Hobart (N.Y.) - Troy Robinson
Colorado State - Kivon Cartwright Holy Cross - Sam Jones Hope (Mich.) - Kirby Crook
Connecticut - Adam Mueller Idaho State - Austin Graves Illinois College - Michael Bates
Duke - David Helton Illinois State - Chris Highland Johns Hopkins (Md.) - Michael Longo
East Carolina - Warren Harvey Incarnate Word - Casey Jennings Juniata (Pa.) - Ethan Wilt
Eastern Michigan - Lincoln Hansen Jacksonville State - Max Holcombe Kenyon (Ohio) - Nick Gasbarro
Georgia - Chris Conley Lamar - Keith Curran King's (Pa.) - Daniel Kempa
Georgia Southern - Garrett Frye Lehigh - Josh Parris Lycoming (Pa.) - Craig Needhammer
Indiana - Mark Murphy Liberty - Mitch Hanson Manchester (Ind.) - Collin Huffine
Iowa - Mark Weisman Missouri State - Caleb Schaffitzel Monmouth (Ill.) - Jake Wilson
Iowa State - Jacob Gannon Montana - Shay Smithwick-Hann Mount Union (Ohio) - Kevin Burke
Kansas State - Tyler Lockett Montana State - Cole Moore Northwestern-St. Paul (Minn.) - Josh Sinnen
Kent State - Nate Vance New Hampshire - Rob Bowman Ohio Wesleyan - Calvin Cagney
Kentucky - Tyler Brause Nicholls State - Cole Frazier Redlands (Calif.) - Aaron Hinkle
Memphis - Charles Harris North Dakota State - Esley Thorton Rowan (N.J.) - Chris Alvarez
Michigan - Desmond Morgan Northern Arizona - Austin Hasquet Saint John's (Minn.) - J.T. Ford
Michigan State - Mike Sadler Northern Iowa - David Johnson Trinity (Conn.) - Mike Mancini
Middle Tennessee State - Leighton Gasque Sam Houston State - Keshawn Hill Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) - John Wanner
Minnesota - Tommy Olson San Diego - Troy McClelland Wisconsin-Eau Claire - Dalton Evertz
Mississippi - Deterrian Shackelford South Dakota State - Zach Zenner Wisconsin-Oshkosh - Beau Steffens
Missouri - Matt Hoch Southern Illinois - Corey Boemer Wisconsin-Stout - Tyler Naatz
Nebraska - Mark Pelini Tennessee at Chattanooga - Nick Pollard Wisconsin-Whitewater - Brady Grayvold
North Carolina State - Tyler Purvis Wagner - Trevor Loveland Wittenberg (Ohio) - Clay Mangen
Northern Illinois - Robert Sterling Western Carolina - Richard Sigmon
Northwestern - Brandon Vitabile William & Mary - John Carpenter
Notre Dame - Cam McDaniel Yale - Tyler Varga NAIA
Ohio - Josh Kristoff Bethel (Kan.) - Seth Tarrent
Old Dominion - Josh Mann Bethel (Tenn.) - Skylar Haley
Penn State - Sam Ficken Division II Carroll (Mont.) - Sean Condon
Purdue - Justin Sinz Angelo State (Texas) - Rush Seaver Central Methodist (Mo.) - Luke Mayer
Rice - Dylan Klare Azusa Pacific (Calif.) - Kalvin Davis Cumberland (Tenn.) - Reed Gurchiek
Rutgers - David Milewski Bentley (Mass.) - Danny Guadagnoli Dakota State (S.D.) - Zach Ely
San Jose State - Vince Buhagiar Brevard (N.C.) - Andre Overholt Montana Western - Jesse McCloud
SMU - Stephon Sanders Carson-Newman (Tenn.) - William Alderman Nebraska Wesleyan - Seth Wardyn
South Alabama - Jesse Kelley Chadron State (Neb.) - Sam Parker Northwestern (Iowa) - Levi Dykshorn
South Carolina - Damiere Byrd Colorado State-Pueblo - Chris Bonner Peru State (Neb.) - Tyler Ford
Southern Mississippi - Corey Acosta Concordia, St. Paul (Minn.) - Thomas Obarski William Penn (Iowa) - Evan Ressler
Stanford - Jordan Richards East Stroudsburg (Pa.) - Bryan Thomson
Syracuse - Sam Rodgers Eastern New Mexico - Seth Bailey
TCU - Geoff Hooker Edinboro (Pa.) - Cody Harris
Texas  - Nate Boyer Henderson State (Ark.) - Kevin Rodgers
Texas A&M - Josh Lambo LIU-Post (N.Y.) - Steven Laurino
Texas Tech - Bradley Marquez Newberry (S.C.) - AJ Booker
Toledo - Greg Mancz Ohio Dominican - Mark Miller
Tulane - Sam Scofield Pittsburg State (Kan.) - Keeston Terry
Utah - Eric Rowe Shippensburg (Pa.) - Brian Sourbor
UTSA - Nate Leonard South Dakota Mines and Tech. - Sam Cowan
Wake Forest - Jordan Garside Southern Connecticut State - Jack Mallis
West Virginia - Michael Molinari Southwest Minnesota State - Charlie Kern
Wisconsin - Michael Trotter Stonehill (Mass.) - Brian Harrington
Wyoming - Stuart Williams Tarleton State (Texas) - Charles Moore
Wayne State (Mich.) - Thom Box
Wingate  (N.C.) - Will Poteat
Winona State  (Minn.) - Ryan Gerts

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 the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame, the NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards presented by Fidelity Investments, the NFF High School Showcases, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF Faculty Salute Initiative presented by Fidelity Investments, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association, and scholarships of more than $1.3 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. The NFF also collaborates with the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) to release the FWAA-NFF Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll; awards the William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments and hosted at the New York Athletic Club; and bestows several other major awards at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner. NFF corporate partners include the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, and Under Armour. Learn more at

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