Clemson lineman named Campbell Trophy semifinalist

Clemson lineman named Campbell Trophy semifinalist

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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, including Clemson offensive lineman Sean Pollard. 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.

Clemson's Christian Wilkins took home the 'Academic Heisman' last year.

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.”


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)

Semifinalists for this year’s award are as follows:


Isaiah Sanders, Air Force

John Lako, Akron

Jordan Fehr, Appalachian State

Cody Creason, Arizona

Kyle Williams, Arizona State

Cody Grace, Arkansas State

Jack Driscoll, Auburn

Riley Miller, Ball State

Marques Jones, Baylor

Matt Locher, Boise State

Talon Shumway, Brigham Young

Matt Otwinowski, Buffalo

Steven Coutts, California

Jordan Johnson, Central Florida

Clay Walderzak, Central Michigan

Tyriq Harris, Charlotte

Sean Pollard, Clemson

Lucas Cooper, Colorado

Quentin Harris, Duke

Alex Turner, East Carolina

Brody Hoying, Eastern Michigan

James Morgan, Florida International

Rodrigo Blankenship, Georgia

Tyler Bass, Georgia Southern

Terry Thomas, Georgia State

Dre Brown, Illinois

Nick Westbrook, Indiana

Ray Lima, Iowa State

Adam Holtorf, Kansas State

Blake Ferguson, LSU

Dustin Woodard, Memphis

K.J. Osborn, Miami (FL)

Jordan Glasgow, Michigan

Cole Chewins, Michigan State

Travis Brannan, Navy

Quinton Conaway, Nevada

Dylan Brown, New Mexico State

Jordan Steckler, Northern Illinois

Jared Thomas, Northwestern

Christopher Finke, Notre Dame

Jordan Fuller, Ohio State

Connor McGinnis, Oklahoma

Matt Ammendola, Oklahoma State

Justin Herbert, Oregon

Andrzej Hughes-Murray, Oregon State

Blake Gillikan, Penn State

Jim Medure, Pittsburgh

Markus Bailey, Purdue

Myles Adams, Rice

Parker Houston, San Diego State

Josh Love, San Jose State

Jake Bentley, South Carolina

Kirk Livingstone, South Florida

Casey Toohill, Stanford

Zack Mesday, Temple

Zach Shackelford, Texas

Braden Mann, Texas A&M

Andrew Martel, Texas at San Antonio

Hutch White, Texas State

Travis Bruffy, Texas Tech

Reggie Gilliam, Toledo

Christian Montano, Tulane

Jacoby Wildman, Utah State

Cody Markel, Vanderbilt

Jordan Mack, Virginia

Cade Carney, Wake Forest

Nick Harris, Washington

Gage Gubrud, Washington State

Reese Donahue, West Virginia

Jon Wassink, Western Michigan

Cooper Rothe, Wyoming

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