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Sep 25, 2019

Pollard Named Campbell Trophy Semifinalist

The National Football Foundation announced today that Clemson offensive lineman Sean Pollard has been named a semifinalist for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy. A full press release with additional information from the NFF is included below.

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. 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.

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


Pat Walker, Austin Peay State
Nicholas Allsop, Brown
Alex Pechin, Bucknell
Brad Sznajder, Butler
Michael Wooten, Campbell
Chris Puzzi, Colgate
Arman Samouk, Columbia
Jelani Taylor, Cornell
Jack Traynor, Dartmouth
Ethan Steinbacher, Davidson
Tim Simon, Dayton
Joe Caputo, Eastern Illinois
Samuel Hayworth, Eastern Kentucky
Spencer Blackburn, Eastern Washington
Elijah Richardson, Florida A&M
Brogan McPartland, Harvard
Derek Mountain, Holy Cross
Ty DeForest, Illinois State
CJ Anderson, Jackson State
Andrew McElroy, Marist
Dorian Kithcart, Mercer
Dante Olson, Montana
Jered Padmos, Montana State
Ian McBorrough, Morgan State
Dontrell Taylor, Nicholls State
Ricky Thomas Jr., Norfolk State
Ben Ellefson, North Dakota State
Chris Zirkle, Northwestern State
Greg Begnoche, Pennsylvania
Andrew Griffin, Princeton
Nick Bianco, Sacramento State
Jordan Meachum, Sacred Heart
Christian Rozeboom, South Dakota State
Gaven DeFilippo, Stetson
Seth Huner, Tennessee Tech
Simon Bingelis, Villanova
Nate Atkins, William & Mary
Sterling Strother, Yale
Kyle Hegedus, Youngstown State


Clay Shreve, Ashland (OH)
Ryan McCarthy, Bentley (MA)
Dan List, Colorado State-Pueblo
Levi Murphy, East Stroudsburg (PA)
Travis Russell, Ferris State (MI)
Vincent Persichetti, Frostburg State (MD)
Taylor Streeter, Harding (AR)
Alex Goettl, Minnesota State Mankato
Tyler Lindsay, Newberry (SC)
Zach Mohs, Northern State (SD)
Ryan Spelhaug, Northwest Missouri State
Hayden Ashley, Oklahoma Baptist
Brockton Brown, Ouachita Baptist (AR)
Gabriel Watson, Sioux Falls (SD)
SirCharles Perkins, Southern Arkansas
Matthew Haite, Stonehill (MA)
Brant Bailey, Tarleton State (TX)
Ryan Smith, Wayne State (MI)
Connor Baroniunas, Wingate (NC)


Kyle McGee, Allegheny (PA)
Henry Atkeson, Amherst (MA)
Luke Sawicki, Augustana (IL)
Hayden Murphy, Berry (GA)
Austin Lewter, Birmingham-Southern (AL)
Joe Gowetski, Bowdoin (ME)
Michael Lohmeier, Carnegie Mellon (PA)
Isaac Withrow, Case Western Reserve (OH)
Jon Alberts, Central (IA)
Cal Lewellyn, Centre (KY)
Connor Perkins, DePauw (IN)
Brian Baca, East Texas Baptist
Matthew Hamby, Franklin and Marshall (PA)
Matthew Cracraft, Gallaudet (DC)
David Taylor, Grinnell (IA)
Blake Johnston, Hardin-Simmons (TX)
Collin Hudgins, Hobart (NY)
Michael Koos, Illinois College
John Hadac, Ithaca (NY)
David Tammaro, Johns Hopkins (MD)
Austin Montgomery, Juniata (PA)
Cody Botts, Lycoming (PA)
Ethan Levin, Macalester (MN)
Trevor Schubert, MacMurray (IL)
Spencer Baron, Maine Maritime
Alex Downard, Manchester (IN)
AJ Iversen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Marty Williams, Middlebury (VT)
Clark Gaden, Monmouth (IL)
Sal Pagano, Moravian (PA)
Frazier Daniel, Mount Union (OH)
Jax Harville, Ohio Wesleyan
Blake Roy, Redlands (CA)
Monroe McKay, Rhodes (TN)
Jackson Erdmann, Saint John’s (MN)
Nick Bainter, Springfield (MA)
Elijah Rice, St. Thomas (MN)
Mitch Carsley, Susquehanna (PA)
Matt Crawford, Thiel (PA)
Frank Roche, Tufts (MA)
Joe Vitelli, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (NY)
Johnny Davidson, Washington Univ. in St. Louis (MO)
Will Kearney, Wesleyan (CT)
Corey Kennedy, Wheaton (IL)
Jeremy Subjinski, Williams (MA)
Alex Wipperfurth, Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Aaron Wisecup, Wisconsin-Stout
Matt Anderson, Wisconsin-Whitewater
Adam Clark, Wooster (OH)


John Trout, Dakota State (SD)
Tyler Wagner, Dakota Wesleyan (SD)
Bryce Cooney, Doane (NE)
Jason Ferris, Montana Western
Joel Katzer, Morningside (IA)
Sean Powell, Northwestern (IA)
Noah Kasbohm, Peru State (NE)