2018 Campbell Trophy Semifinalists


NFF Announces Impressive List of 179 Semifinalists for 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy®

Celebrating the 60th year of its National Scholar-Athlete Awards, the NFF will select 12-14 finalists, who will each receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and vie for college football’s premier scholar-athlete award.

Pictured: The impressive list of 2018 Campbell Trophy® semifinalists includes Jesse Burkett (Stanford), Trace McSorley (Penn State), Drue Tranquill (Notre Dame) and Christian Wilkins (Clemson).
IRVING, Texas (Sept. 26, 2018) – Recognizing one of the most impressive groups of scholar-athletes in the history of college football, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) proudly announced today the 179 semifinalists for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy®. The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Fidelity Investments is a proud partner of the Campbell Trophy®.
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 31, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 60th NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 4, 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 29th William V. Campbell Trophy® 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 179 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 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. 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® 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 $11.5 million.
"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."



  • 60th Year of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Program
  • 29th Year of The William V. Campbell Trophy®
  • 179 Nominations
  • 3.62 Average GPA
  • 7 Nominees with a perfect 4.0 GPA
  • 51 Nominees with a 3.8 GPA or better
  • 70 Nominees with a 3.7 GPA or Better
  • 29 Academic All-America Selections
  • 114 Captains
  • 95 All-Conference Picks
  • 16 All-Americans
  • 63 Nominees from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)
  • 40 Nominees from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)
  • 25 Nominees from NCAA Division II
  • 41 Nominees from NCAA Division III
  • 10 Nominees from the NAIA
  • 81 Offensive Players
  • 81 Defensive Players
  • 17 Special Teams Players
Launched in 1959, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program is celebrating its 60th year in 2018. 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 841 outstanding individuals since their 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.
Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of workplace savings plans in higher education, serves as a proud partner of the Campbell Trophy® and 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.
Fidelity also helped launch the NFF Faculty Salutes, which recognize the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives at each of the institutions with a Campbell Trophy® finalist/NFF National Scholar-Athlete. As part of the initiative, the NFF presents each of the faculty representatives with a plaque, and Fidelity donates $5,000 for the academic support services at each school with a total of $505,000 distributed from 2011-17.
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 Robert 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 Muñoz (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 West Point's Andrew Rodriguez (2011); Alabama's Barrett Jones (2012); Penn State's John Urschel (2013); Duke's David Helton (2014); Oklahoma's Ty Darlington (2015); Western Michigan's Zach Terrell (2016); and Virginia's Micah Kiser (2017).


Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) 

Alabama Hale Hentges
Arkansas Hjalte Froholdt
Army West Point Kenneth Brinson Jr.
Ball State Alex Joss
Boston College Zach Allen
Brigham Young Adam Pulsipher
California Patrick Laird
Central Michigan Mitch Stanitzek
Clemson Christian Wilkins
Colorado State Wyatt Bryan
Duke Ben Humphreys
Eastern Michigan Jeremiah Harris
Georgia Jackson Harris
Georgia Tech Brad Stewart
Houston Zach Vaughan
Illinois Nick Allegretti
Indiana Wes Martin
Iowa Parker Hesse
Iowa State Spencer Benton
Kansas State Dalton Risner
Kent State Matt Bahr
Kentucky Miles Butler
Marshall Chase Hancock
Memphis Drew Kyser
Michigan Noah Furbush
Michigan State Khari Willis
Middle Tennessee State Brent Stockstill
Minnesota Jared Weyler
Mississippi Sean Rawlings
Missouri Corey Fatony
Navy Andrew Wood
Nebraska Mick Stoltenberg
Nevada Ty Gangi
North Carolina State Ryan Finley
Northern Illinois Max Scharping
Notre Dame Drue Tranquill
Oklahoma State Britton Abbott
Old Dominion Oshane Ximines
Penn State Trace McSorley
Pittsburgh Alex Bookser
Purdue David Blough
Rice Graysen Schantz
Rutgers Zack Heeman
San Jose State Bryce Crawford
South Alabama Gavin Patterson
South Florida Jaymon Thomas
Southern Methodist Garrett Stotts
Stanford Jesse Burkett
Syracuse Eric Dungey
Temple Frank Nutile
Tennessee Kyle Phillips
Texas Jak Holbrook
Texas at San Antonio Yannis Routsas
Toledo Cody Thompson
Utah Mitch Wishnowsky
Utah State Jontrell Rocquemore
Vanderbilt Kyle Shurmur
Virginia Lester Coleman
Washington State Peyton Pelluer
West Virginia Billy Kinney
Western Michigan John Keenoy
Wisconsin D'Cota Dixon
Wyoming Nick Smith

Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)

Alabama State Dylan Renaker
Alcorn State Charles Hughes
Austin Peay State Ryan Rockensuess
Brown Christian Montano
Bucknell Bryan Marine
Campbell Thomas Hartshorn
Chattanooga Alex Trotter
Columbia Mike Hinton
Dartmouth Drew Hunnicutt
Davidson Nathan Campbell
Dayton David Leisring
Drake Nathan Clayberg
Eastern Illinois Aaron Callaway
Grambling State De'Arius Christmas
Harvard Alex White
Holy Cross Ryan Brady
Idaho Ed Hall
Illinois State Jake Kolbe
Jacksonville Nic Duch
James Madison Hunter Etheridge
Lafayette Andrew Chuma
Lehigh Harrison Kauffman
Mercer LeMarkus Bailey
Montana Reggie Tilleman
New Hampshire Kyle Reisert
North Dakota State Easton Stick
Northern Arizona Jake Casteel
Pennsylvania Jack Soslow
Princeton Jesper Horsted
Robert Morris Adam Wollet
Sacred Heart Andrew O'Neill
Saint Francis Michael Ames
San Diego Anthony Lawrence
South Dakota Isaac Armstead
South Dakota State Taryn Christion
Villanova Ryan Bell
Western Carolina Zachary Weeks
Western Illinois Sean McGuire
Yale J. Hunter Roman
Youngstown State Armand Dellovade

Division II

Ashland (OH) Travis Downing
Bentley (MA) Jack Hansbury
Black Hills State (SD) Austin Goddard
Central Missouri Austin Miller
Colorado State-Pueblo Brandon Payer
East Stroudsburg (PA) Michael Fleming
Emporia State (KS) Landon Nault
Grand Valley State (MI) Bart Williams
Harding (AR) Sam Blankenship
Kutztown (PA) Conor Sullivan
Malone (OH) Matt Blasiole
Mars Hill (NC) Jake Sell
Minnesota Duluth Jason Balts
Missouri S&T Landon Compton
Newberry (SC) Jawanza Adams
Northwest Missouri State Ben Althoff
Ohio Dominican Cory Contini
Ouachita Baptist (AR) Drew Harris
Pittsburg State (KS) Darian Taylor
Southeastern Oklahoma State Joel Carlos
Southern Arkansas Kile Pletcher
Southwest Minnesota State Jon Dicke
Texas A&M-Commerce Garrett Blubaugh
Wayne State (MI) Drew Dowding
Wingate (NC) Christopher Birozes

Division III

Allegheny (PA) Tristan Rhoades
Amherst (MA) Andrew Yamin
Baldwin Wallace (OH) Rob Wolfington
Berry (GA) Nick McGee
Bethel (MN) Kyle Kilgore
Birmingham-Southern (AL) Matthew Byers
Bluffton (OH) Ethan Williams
Bowdoin (ME) Cam Rondeau
Central (IA) Patrick Gray
Centre (KY) John Wilson
DePauw (IN) Nate Orrison
Franklin & Marshall (PA) Brendan Kilkenny
Frostburg State (MD) Joey Powell
Gallaudet (DC) Brad Peterson
Hardin-Simmons (TX) Patrick Riley
Hobart (NY) Kiyon Brandford
Illinois College JD Roesch
John Carroll (OH) Drew Turner
Johns Hopkins (MD) Anthony Davidson
Juniata (PA) Joel Reighard
Lake Forest (IL) Jagan Cleary
Lycoming (PA) Sam Romanofsky
Maine Maritime John Bennett
Manchester (IN) Zane Yon
Millsaps (MS) Steele Liles
Moravian (PA) Nick Zambelli
Mount Union (OH) Danny Robinson
Ohio Wesleyan Michael Smosny
Redlands (CA) Christian Godina
Rhodes (TN) P.J. Settles
Saint John's (MN) Will Gillach
Springfield (MA) Nick Giorgio
Stevenson (MD) Ashton Leschke
Washington & Jefferson (PA) Andrew Reo
Washington U. in St. Louis (MO) Hank Michalski
Wesleyan (CT) Joseph Wilson
Wheaton (IL) Eric Stevenson
Wisconsin-Oshkosh Turner Geisthardt
Wisconsin-Stout Caleb Adams
Wisconsin-Whitewater Nate Trewyn
Wooster (OH) Russell Boston


Benedictine (KS) Blake Fanning
Cumberland (TN) Jeremy Williams
Dakota State (SD) Michael Cleveland
Edward Waters (FL) Justin Slaughter
Lindsey Wilson (KY) Trent Mueller
Montana Western Connor McKillop
Northwestern College (IA) Bryce Van Beek
Peru State (NE) Dan Boshart
Presentation (SD) Austin Eggl
Saint Francis (IN) Piercen Harnish

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 Football Matters®, the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy®, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments – a proud partner of the Campbell Trophy®, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, the Sports Business Journal, SportsManias, Under Armour and VICIS. Learn more at footballfoundation.org.
About the National College Football Awards Association
The William V. Campbell Trophy® is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses college football's most prestigious awards. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 23 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.
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