William V. Campbell Trophy® Recipients

Zach Terrell

2016 Zach Terrell

  • Year
  • School
    Western Michigan
  • Position
  • Major
  • Current Career
    Executive Development Associate


Described by head coach P.J. Fleck as “the best young man I’ve ever been around,” Terrell graduated cum laude in 3.5 years while leading one of the MAC’s best offenses.
A three-year captain, Terrell maintained a 4.0 GPA while earning his MBA after graduating with a 3.66 GPA in finance in December 2015. A 2016 First Team Academic All-America and Academic All-District selection, he was a two-time Academic All-MAC honoree and MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native was named the recipient of the MAC’s 2016 Vern Smith Leadership Award.
In 2016, Terrell led the Broncos to the best season offensively speaking in program history. Quarterbacking the MAC’s No. 1 scoring offense, he guided Western Michigan to an undefeated regular season, the 2016 MAC title and its first-ever ranking in the AP Poll. Terrell and the Broncos played in their third consecutive bowl game in January 2017, an appearance in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
A finalist for the 2016 Manning Award, Terrell had a personal best 445 passing yards against Buffalo as a senior, the fifth most in a single game in Bronco history.
The three-time All-MAC quarterback earned Second Team honors in 2016 and 2014 and Third Team laurels in 2015. WMU’s all-time leader in career passing yards (12,104), Terrell ranks second in school history in career passing touchdowns (96) and completions (908). He led the Broncos to their first-ever bowl victory at the 2015 Bahamas Bowl and boasts the top two single-season completion percentages in WMU history. His career passing yards rank third in MAC history while his career passing touchdowns are fourth.
A stalwart in the community, Terrell was named to the 2016 AFCA Good Works Team and was a semifinalist for the Wuerffel Trophy. He received multiple awards for his service, including the 2014-15 WMU Community Service Award. Terrell led a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, served as a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and mentored students at Tree of Life, among many other service projects.
After a brief stint as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in 2017, Terrell now works as an Executive Development Associate at Zeigler Automotive Group in Kalamazoo, Mich.


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