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National Football Foundation Proudly Announces the 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, Presented by Fidelity Investments
Seventeen of the nation’s best and brightest collegiate football players each win $18,000 postgraduate scholarships and will vie as finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, college football's premier scholar-athlete award.
Published: 10/30/2014 11:00:00 AM
(Pictured: Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly and Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett headline an impressive 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. The honorees also comprise the list of finalists for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy, college football's premier scholar-athlete award.)

IRVING, Texas (Oct. 30, 2014) – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the 2014 recipients of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments®. The honorees also comprise the list of finalists for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and prominently displayed at its official home inside the New York Athletic Club. The Campbell Trophy, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2014, recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation, and it will be presented live to one member of the class on Dec. 9 during the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner.

Selected from a nationwide pool of 169 exceptional semifinalists from among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA, the 17 class members are:
    


“We are extremely proud to announce this year’s National Scholar-Athlete Class,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “These young men have an unrelenting commitment to excellence in all aspects of their lives, and they represent all that is right in college football. They serve as living examples of our mission of building leaders through football, and they create an exceptional pool of candidates for the Campbell Trophy.”

Each member of the 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class will 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. They each will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and one member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the 25th recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. The recipient of the Campbell Trophy will also be honored at the NFF Board of Directors meeting and at a reception hosted by the New York Athletic Club on Wednesday, Dec. 10.

Named in honor of Bill Campbell (the chairman of Intuit, a 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 a $7,000 increase in postgraduate funds for a total scholarship of $25,000. A total distribution of $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded that evening, pushing the program’s all-time distributions to more than $10.7 million.

“Jack Ford and the NFF Awards Committee did an excellent job in selecting this year’s National Scholar-Athletes,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, whose sons Peyton (Campbell winner) and Eli were NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. “Selected from an impressive group of semifinalists, they should be extremely proud of their accomplishments, as they have undoubtedly distinguished themselves as some of the best student-athletes in the country. Each of these men is also a leader in his respective community, and we know that they have only begun to reach their potential.”

The NFF National Scholar-Athlete program, launched in 1959, became the first initiative in history to award scholar-athletes postgraduate scholarships for their combined athletic, academic and leadership abilities. Including the 2014 recipients, the NFF has honored 804 individuals with National Scholar-Athlete Awards. The members of this year’s class find themselves among some of the most elite student-athletes in the history of the game. Past National Scholar-Athletes include former NFL standout Derrick Brooks (Florida State); Southern California Athletics Director Pat Haden (USC); actor Mark Harmon (UCLA); Hampden-Sydney College (Va.) President Chris Howard (Air Force); West Virginia Athletics Director Oliver Luck (West Virginia); NASA astronaut Leland Melvin (Richmond); chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament, Billy Payne (Georgia); famed NFL quarterback Steve Young (BYU); and Heisman Trophy winners Doug Flutie (Boston College) and Tim Tebow (Florida).

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 history of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program. In 2014, Fidelity expanded its support, becoming the presenting sponsor of the William V. Campbell Trophy. Fidelity’s support also includes the NFF Faculty Salutes, 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 presents each of the faculty representatives with a plaque and a $5,000 check from Fidelity Investments, which is used to support the academic support services for student-athletes at each school.

2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Highlights

·      3.69 Average GPA

·      12-of-17 Team Captains, including six players who have been captains for two or more years

·      15-of-17 Academic All-Conference Athletes

·      15-of-17 All-Conference Athletes (including one all-independent selection)

·      8 Academic All-America Selections (Baggett, Hasquet, Leonard, Murphy, Richards, Sadler, Schaffitzel, Zenner)

·      2 Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year (Leonard, Rodgers)

·      6 All-America Picks (Lockett, Rodgers, Sadler, Schaffitzel, Varga, Zenner)

·      4 Conference Players of the Year (Damaschke, Lockett, Rodgers, Zenner)

·      9 School Record Holders (Baggett, Damaschke, Kelly, Leonard, Lockett, Rodgers, Schaffitzel, Varga, Zenner)

·      5 Players Currently Working on Postgraduate Degrees (Kelly, Rodgers, Sadler, Schaffitzel, Vitabile)

·      5 Members of Nationally Ranked Teams* (as of 10/26) (Kelly, Lockett, Rodgers, Sadler, Zenner)

·      9 Offensive Players (Baggett, Damaschke, Kelly, Leonard, Lockett, Rodgers, Varga, Vitabile, Zenner)

·      7 Defensive Players (Hasquet, Helton, Mancini, Moore, Murphy, Richards, Schaffitzel)

·      1 Special Teams Player (Sadler)

*FBS rankings based on FWAA-NFF Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The 169 semifinalists for the award were announced on Sept. 25, and 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.

In addition to the presentation of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and the William V. Campbell Trophy, the 57
th NFF Annual Awards Dinner will include the induction of the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class and the presentation of several major awards, including the organization’s highest honor, the NFF Gold Medal.

Please
click here to view the list of the 169 William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalists.


Bios for the 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class,
presented by Fidelity Investments
(In alphabetical order)


TERRY BAGGETT, RB
United States Military Academy
Chemical Engineering – 3.37 GPA
Head Coach: Jeff Monken
Athletics Director: Boo Corrigan

  • First Team Academic All-American
  • Unanimous FBS All-Independent selection and First Team Phil Steele All-Independent Team
  • Holds Army record for single-game rushing yards (304 against Eastern Michigan in 2013)
  • Volunteers with Special Olympics and Lutheran Child and Family Services
  • Becomes the 15th National Scholar-Athlete from Army

AUSTIN DAMASCHKE, QB
Concordia University Wisconsin
Biomedical Science – 3.67 GPA
Head Coach: Greg Etter
Athletics Director: Rob Barnhill

  • Three-time NACC Scholar-Athlete Award recipient & CUW Scholar-Athlete
  • 2013 Gagliardi Trophy finalist and NACC Offensive Player of the Year
  • Boasts eight school records and conference career records for total offensive yards and pass completions
  • Team captain hosts football-sponsored blood drives and elementary school football camps
  • Becomes the first National Scholar-Athlete from Concordia (Wis.)

AUSTIN HASQUET, LB
Northern Arizona University
Biomedical Science – 3.97 GPA
Head Coach: Jerome Souers
Athletics Director: Lisa Campos

  • First Team Academic All-America and Academic All-District selection
  • Three-time Big Sky All-Academic and Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete selection
  • Two-year team captain has twice earned all-conference honors and currently leads the Lumberjacks with 72 tackles
  • Completed more than 50 hours of community service at NAU
  • Becomes the first National Scholar-Athlete from Northern Arizona

DAVID HELTON, LB
Duke University
Psychology – 3.64 GPA
Head Coach: David Cutcliffe
Athletics Director: Kevin White

  • First Team Academic All-District selection and three-time Academic All-ACC honoree
  • Led the ACC with 133 tackles and 9.5 tackles per game in 2013
  • Helped Duke to school-record 10 wins, ACC Coastal Division title and first-ever ACC Championship Game appearance in school history
  • Founder of the Blair Holliday Fund, a non-profit t-shirt company which raised more than $45,000 for roommate’s hospital recovery
  • Becomes the fifth National Scholar-Athlete from Duke

TAYLOR KELLY, QB
Arizona State University
Education – 3.31 GPA
Head Coach: Todd Graham
Athletics Director: Ray Anderson

  • Two-time Academic All-Pac-12 honoree graduated last May and is working toward a master’s of legal studies
  • Two-year team captain is only the second Sun Devil in history to have multiple seasons with 3,000-plus passing yards
  • All-Pac-12 performer holds multiple school records, including single-season completion percentage (67.1)
  • Member of the football team leadership council and a student ambassador at Arizona State
  • Becomes the fourth National Scholar-Athlete from Arizona State

NATE LEONARD, C
University of Texas at San Antonio
Physical Education – 3.99 GPA
Head Coach: Larry Coker
Athletics Director: Lynn Hickey

  • Academic All-American and Conference USA Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • Two-time Academic All-District and Academic All-Conference selection
  • Only player in UTSA history to start every game of his career, registering a team-leading 70 knockdown blocks last season
  • Recipient of the 2013 UTSA Golden Feather Award given to UTSA students whose contributions reflect ideal student leadership
  • Becomes the second National Scholar-Athlete from UTSA

TYLER LOCKETT, WR
Kansas State University
Business Management – 3.24 GPA
Head Coach: Bill Snyder
Athletics Director: John Currie

  • Academic All-Big 12 selection and member of Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • Three-time All-America selection and 2013 Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year
  • Two-year team captain on pace to break K-State records for catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns
  • 2013 AFCA Good Works Team member and three-year member of Student-Athlete Advisory Council
  • Becomes the fifth National Scholar-Athlete from Kansas State

MIKE MANCINI, S
Trinity College (Conn.)
Neuroscience – 3.82 GPA
Head Coach: Jeff Devanney
Athletics Director: Michael Renwick

  • Academic All-District and three-time Academic All-NESCAC selection
  • 2013-14 Trinity College Junior Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year has received Faculty Honors every semester from 2010 to the present
  • Team captain and First Team All-NESCAC performer
  • Participated in Hartford Hospital Summer Pre-Med Research Program and  job shadowed at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Becomes the first National Scholar-Athlete from Trinity (Conn.)

CHARLES MOORE, S
Tarleton State University (Texas)
Kinesiology – 3.83 GPA
Head Coach: Cary Fowler
Athletics Director: Lonn Reisman

  • Two-time Academic All-Lone Star Conference selection and four-time member of the LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • Recipient of Tarleton State’s Top 10-Percent Scholarship
  • Two-year team captain twice earned all-conference honors and led Tarleton State to 2013 Lone Star Conference Championship
  • Student-Athlete Athletic Council representative and Fellowship of Christian Athletes member
  • Becomes the first National Scholar-Athlete from Tarleton State (Texas)

MARK MURPHY, S
Indiana University
Informatics – 3.85 GPA
Head Coach: Kevin Wilson
Athletics Director: Fred Glass

  • First Team Academic All-American and two-time Academic All-District honoree
  • Two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and 2013 Jack D. Tichenor Award recipient as male student-athlete with highest GPA
  • Indiana’s active leader in tackles and has posted eight career double-digit tackle performances
  • Member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club and Read Across America
  • Becomes the fifth National Scholar-Athlete from Indiana

JORDAN RICHARDS, S
Stanford University
Public Policy – 3.31 GPA
Head Coach: David Shaw
Athletics Director: Bernard Muir

  • Academic All-American and two-time First Team Academic All-Pac-12 selection
  • Two-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 performer who led Stanford to back-to-back conference titles
  • Helped Cardinal to three consecutive BCS bowl games, including a win in the 2013 Rose Bowl
  • Student teacher for the Tri-District Summer Math Institute and class tutor for East Palo Alto Academy
  • Becomes the 12th National Scholar-Athlete from Stanford

KEVIN RODGERS, QB
Henderson State University (Ark.)
Business Administration, Finance – 3.82 GPA
Head Coach: Scott Maxfield
Athletics Director: Shawn Jones

  • 2014 Great American Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year and three-time Academic All-GAC selection
  • Three-year team captain was named a 2013 Beyond Sports Network First Team All-American and Associated Press Second Team Little All-American
  • Boasts conference and school career passing records for yards and touchdowns
  • 2013 AFCA Good Works Team member and led tornado-relief efforts in Mayflower, Ark., which became focus of CBS Sports Network feature story
  • Becomes the second National Scholar-Athlete from Henderson State (Ark.)

MIKE SADLER, P
Michigan State University
Applied Engineering Sciences – 3.97 GPA
Head Coach: Mark Dantonio
Athletics Director: Mark Hollis

  • First Spartan in program history to earn Academic All-America honors three times (2013 – First Team, 2011-12 – Second Team)
  • Three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection graduated in May 2013 and is currently pursuing master’s degree in public policy
  • Two-time All-Big Ten selection on pace to enter Spartans’ top five in nearly every statistical punting category
  • Participates in multiple service events, including Murphy Elementary’s Reading Day and the Varsity S Club golf outing
  • Becomes the seventh National Scholar-Athlete from Michigan State

CALEB SCHAFFITZEL, S
Missouri State University
Wildlife Conservation & Management – 3.93 GPA
Head Coach: Terry Allen
Athletics Director: Kyle Moats

  • Two-time Academic All-America and first team academic all-conference selection graduated summa cum laude last May
  • 2013 consensus First Team All-American and two-time First Team All-MVFC selection
  • Team captain is school’s career leader in interception return yards (259) and has led the team in tackles and interceptions the last two seasons
  • Member of MSU Student-Athlete Advisory Council and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity
  • Becomes the first National Scholar-Athlete from Missouri State

TYLER VARGA, TB
Yale University
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology – 3.56 GPA
Head Coach: Tony Reno
Athletics Director: Thomas Beckett

  • Two-time All-Ivy selection, earning Honorable Mention honors in 2013 and First Team laurels in 2012
  • 2012 Second Team All-American who led the nation with 194.2 all-purpose yards per game while playing running back, quarterback and returning kickoffs
  • Currently leads Ivy League in rushing and set the single-game school record with five touchdowns in win against Army on Sept. 27
  • Member of the Mandi Schwartz Bone Marrow Drive Executive Board that organizes, promotes and conducts the largest bone marrow drive in the nation each spring
  • Becomes the 12th National Scholar-Athlete from Yale

BRANDON VITABILE, C
Northwestern University
Economics – 3.56 GPA
Head Coach: Pat Fitzgerald
Athletics Director: Jim Phillips

  • Academic All-District and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree
  • Two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar graduated in May with a degree in economics
  • Three-year starter and team captain earned Honorable Mention All-Big ten accolades last season.
  • Participated in Uplifting Athletes “Lift for Life” event and is active in Youth Impact program
  • Becomes the fourth National Scholar-Athlete from Northwestern

ZACH ZENNER, RB
South Dakota State University
Biology – 3.87 GPA
Head Coach: John Stiegelmeier
Athletics Director: Justin Sell

  • Two-time Academic All-American and recipient of the 2013 Joseph F. Nelson Undergraduate Research Award for colon cancer research
  • Two-year team captain and two-time consensus First Team All-American is on pace to break MVFC record for career rushing yards this season
  • One of only two players in FCS history to rush for 2,000 yards in two separate seasons, he entered his senior season as conference’s career leader with 5,861 all-purpose yards
  • 2014 AFCA Good Works Team member has served multiple terms as president of SDSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Becomes the second National Scholar-Athlete from South Dakota State

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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 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 prominently displayed at its official home inside 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, the Sports Business Journal, and Under Armour. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org.

About The National College Football Awards Association
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