KJ Henry is a team leader off to a great start to his senior season.
KJ Henry is a team leader off to a great start to his senior season.

Clemson defender KJ Henry named semifinalist for Campbell Trophy

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The National Football Foundation announced today that Clemson defensive end K.J. Henry has been named a semifinalist for the 2022 William V. Campbell Trophy. Henry is one of 156 semifinalists across all levels of college football but is one of only six among that group to have already earned a master’s degree.

Celebrating its 33rd year, the Campbell Trophy® recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.


33rd year of the William V. Campbell Trophy®

64th year of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards Presented by Fidelity Investments

156 Semifinalists

3.62 Average GPA

93 Nominees who have already earned their bachelor’s degrees

6 Nominees who have earned a master’s degree

4 Nominees with a perfect 4.0 GPA

42 Nominees with a 3.8 GPA or better

60 Nominees with a 3.7 GPA or better

20 Academic All-America selections

97 Captains

23 All-Americans

81 All-Conference picks

“These 156 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. “During the past seven decades, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards have recognized 891 college football players who excelled as the best our great sport has to offer. This year’s semifinalists build on the tradition, further illustrating the power of football in developing the next generation of influential leaders.”

The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 26, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2022 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for the 64th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Presented by Las Vegas on Dec. 6, 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 33rd Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000. Click here for more information on the Awards Dinner, including options to purchase tickets online, special travel rates to the event from Delta Air Lines and Bellagio and a concierge service provided by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

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.

“The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the semifinalists as well as their schools and coaches on their tremendous accomplishments,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are extremely proud to highlight their 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.”

Launched in 1959, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards Presented by Fidelity Investments celebrate their 64th year in 2022. 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 891 outstanding individuals since the program’s inception. This year’s postgraduate scholarships will push the program’s all-time distribution to more than $12.3 million.

The Campbell Trophy® was first awarded in 1990, adding to the program’s prestige. Past recipients include two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, two Heisman Trophy winners and seven first-round NFL draft picks. Named in honor of the late Bill Campbell, the trophy has been prominently displayed inside its official home at the New York Athletic Club since 2013, and the winner is honored each year during a special reception at the storied venue.

Known as “The Coach of Silicon Valley,” Campbell became one of our country’s most influential business leaders, playing critical roles in the success of Apple, Google, Intuit and countless other high-tech companies. The captain of the 1961 Columbia Ivy League championship team, he found his true calling after an unlikely career change at age 39 from football coach to advertising executive. His ability to recruit, develop, and manage talented executives – all lessons learned on the gridiron – proved to be a critical component of his ability to inspire his business teams to the highest levels of success.

Later in life, Campbell was driven by a heartfelt desire to give back, and he quietly gave away tens of millions of dollars to multiple charities while also finding an hour and half each autumn weekday to coach an eighth-grade boys and girls flag-football team near his home in Palo Alto, California. Campbell passed away April 18, 2016, at the age of 75.

As part of its support of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, Fidelity Investments helped launch the NFF Faculty Salutes, which recognize the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives (FARs) at each of the institutions with a finalist for the Campbell Trophy®. The NFF will present each of the finalist’s FARs with a plaque and Fidelity will donate $5,000 for the academic support services at each school. The salutes have recognized 152 FARs since the program’s inception, and Fidelity has made a total of $755,000 in donations.

2022 Campbell Trophy® semifinalists by division and position:

73 Nominees from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)

37 Nominees from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)

13 Nominees from NCAA Division II

29 Nominees from NCAA Division III

4 Nominees from the NAIA

72 Offensive Players

65 Defensive Players

19 Special Teams Players


Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)

Alabama – Darrian Dalcourt

Appalachian State – Tyler Bird

Arkansas – Trey Knox

Auburn – Anders Carlson

Baylor – Dillon Doyle

Boise State – John Ojukwu

Bowling Green – Matt McDonald

Brigham Young – Clark Barrington

Buffalo – Alex McNulty

California – Matthew Cindric

Central Michigan – Robi Stuart

Clemson – K.J. Henry

Colorado – Daniel Arias

Duke – DeWayne Carter

Eastern Michigan – Dylan Drummond

Florida State – Wyatt Rector

Georgia – Jack Podlesny

Georgia State – Seth Glausier

Georgia Tech – Dylan Leonard

Illinois – Alex Pihlstrom

Indiana – Beau Robbins

Iowa – Jack Campbell

Iowa State – Jared Rus

Kansas – Sam Burt

Kansas State – Adrian Martinez

Kentucky – Colin Goodfellow

Liberty – Cooper McCaw

Memphis – Quindell Johnson

Miami (FL) – Lou Hedley

Michigan – Jake Moody

Middle Tennessee – Jordan Palmer

Mississippi State – Austin Williams

Missouri – Barrett Banister

Navy – John Marshall

Nebraska – Travis Vokolek

North Carolina State – Tim McKay

Northern Illinois – Michael Kennedy

Northwestern – Charlie Mangieri

Notre Dame – Josh Lugg

Ohio State – Bradley Robinson

Oklahoma – Drake Stoops

Oklahoma State – Tom Hutton

Old Dominion – Zack Kuntz

Oregon – Alex Forsyth

Oregon State – Jack Colletto

Penn State – Jonathan Sutherland

Pittsburgh – Habakkuk Baldonado

Rice – Wiley Green

Rutgers – Adam Korsak

San Jose State – Tre Jenkins

SMU – Tanner Mordecai

South Carolina – Jovaughn Gwyn

South Florida – Brad Cecil

Southern California – Nick Figueroa

Stanford – Walter Rouse

Syracuse – Dakota Davis

TCU – Dominic DiNunzio

Tennessee – Paxton Brooks

Texas – Roschon Johnson

Texas at San Antonio – Ahofitu Maka

Texas State – Russell Baker

Texas Tech – Marquis Waters

Troy – Austin Stidham

Tulane – Nick Anderson

UCF – Alex Ward

UCLA – Shea Pitts

Utah – R.J. Hubert

Utah State – Chandler Dolphin

Virginia – Brendan Farrell

Wake Forest – Michael Jurgens

Washington – Edefuan Ulofoshio

Washington State – Brennan Jackson

Western Michigan – Dylan Deatherage

Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)

Brown – Lucas Ferraro

Bucknell – Brent Jackson

Columbia – Stewart Newblatt

Cornell – Jake Stebbins

Dartmouth – Nick Howard

Davidson – Bradyn Oakley

Dayton – Jake Chisholm

Eastern Illinois – Isaiah Hill

Fordham – Ryan Greenhagen

Georgetown – Mac Hollensteiner

Harvard – Truman Jones

Holy Cross – Peter Oliver

Houston Christian – Brennan Young

Jacksonville State – Zack Cangelosi

Lamar – Luke Wallis

Maine – Michael Gerace

Marist – Mike Arrington

Montana – Robby Hauck

New Hampshire – Niko Kvietkus

Nicholls – Glen Thurmond

Norfolk State – Marquis Hall

North Dakota – Cade Peterson

Northern Arizona – Anthony Sweeney

Northwestern State – Kaleb Fletcher

Princeton – Michael Ruttlen Jr.

Sacramento State – Abel Ordaz

South Dakota State – Reece Winkelman

St. Thomas – Seth Bickett

Stetson – Ethan Hull

Stonehill – David Satkowski

Stony Brook – Kyle Nunez

Tennessee Tech – Seth Carlisle

Texas A&M-Commerce – Michael Noble

UC Davis – Jayce Smalley

William & Mary – Carlton Fowler

Yale – Oso Ifesinachukwu

Youngstown State – Griffin Hoak

Division II

Ashland (OH) – Austin Brenner

Benedict (SC) – Ja’Ron Kilpatrick

Bentley (MA) – Jailen Branch

California (PA) – Noel Brouse

Colorado State Pueblo – Max Gonzales

Harding (AR) – Grant Fitzhugh

Minnesota State – Jalen Sample

Ouachita Baptist (AR) – Peyton Stafford

Pittsburg State (KS) – P.J. Sarwinski

Slippery Rock (PA) – Noah Grover

Southern Arkansas – Austin Wilkerson

Wayne State (MI) – Julius Wilkerson

Wingate (NC) – Trevor Grant

Division III

Allegheny (PA) – Hudson Alread

Bates (ME) – Tony Hooks

Berry (GA) – Jake Weitkamp

Chicago (IL) – Nicholas D’Ambrose

DePauw (IN) – Danny Sheehan

Gallaudet (DC) – Laron Thomas

Hampden-Sydney (VA) – Michael Harris

Hardin-Simmons (TX) – Cody Harral

Hobart (NY) – Cade Frucci

Hope (MI) – Daniel Romano

Johns Hopkins (MD) – JR Woods

Lake Forest (IL) – Dante Esposito

Lycoming (PA) – Cole Senior

Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX) – Sante Parker Jr.

Middlebury (VT) – Gregory Livingston

Millsaps (MS) – Nic Hayes

Rhodes (TN) – Reggie Matthews

Saint John’s (MN) – Michael Wozniak

Shenandoah (VA) – Mason Caldwell

Springfield (MA) – Lou Cocozza

Susquehanna (PA) – Elijah Hoffman

Trinity (CT) – Aidan Kennedy

Tufts (MA) – Johnathan Oneal

Washington & Jefferson (PA) – Alexander Keith

Waynesburg (PA) – Tyler Raines

Wesleyan (CT) – Matt Simco

Wisconsin Lutheran – Brevin Jegerlehner

Wisconsin-Stout – Sean Borgerding

Wooster (OH) – Lake Barrett


Dakota State (SD) – Travis Rebstock

Morningside (IA) – Joe Dolincheck

Rocky Mountain (MT) – Andrew Simon

Southwestern (KS) – Drew Smith

Past recipients of the Campbell Trophy® 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 – Justin Herbert (Oregon)

2020 – Brady White (Memphis)

2021 – Charlie Kolar (Iowa State)

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