NFF announces 156 semifinalists for the Campbell Trophy

The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced 156 semifinalists for the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy recognizing the best football scholar-athlete in the nation.

The 12-14 finalists will be announced on Nov. 1 and each will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 6. At that event, one player will be announced as the winner of the trophy and will receive an upgraded scholarship of $25,000.

“These 156 impressive candidates truly represent the scholar-athlete ideal,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, whose sons Peyton and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. “It is important for us to showcase their success 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.”

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 eligibility, have a grade-point average 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 nominees include 50 players with a 3.7 GPA or higher, 72 all-conference selections, 13 All-Americans and 41 from the ASN family of schools.

The list of nominees (scroll down for slider bar):



FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION (FBS)
FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION (FCS)
DIVISION III



Air Force: Claude Alexander
Austin Peay State: Trey Salisbury
Albion (Mich.): Andrew DiFranco



Arizona State: Matt Haack
Brown: Dakota Girard
Bates (Maine): Mark Upton



Arkansas: Brooks Ellis
Bucknell: Cary Hess
Bethel (Minn.): Drew Neuville



Arkansas State: Jake Swalley
Campbell: Jarrett Ozimek
Bridgewater (Va.): Davey Hardesty



Auburn: Alex Kozan
Charleston Southern: Ben Robinson
Carnegie Mellon (Pa.): Brian Khoury



Ball State: Sam Brunner
Chattanooga: Derrick Craine
Castleton (Vt.): Soren Pelz-Walsh



Boise State: Sean Wale
The Citadel: Will Vanvick
DePauw (Ind.): Will Longthorne



Brigham Young: Taysom Hill
Dayton: Chris Beaschler
Franklin and Marshall (Pa.): Jonathan Naji



Central Florida: Justin Holman
Delaware: Jalen Randolph
Frostburg State (Md.): Isaac Robinson



Central Michigan: Cooper Rush
Delaware State: Ernest Mengoni
Gallaudet (D.C.): Sean Fenton



Colorado: Ryan Severson
Eastern Kentucky: Avery Pitt
Gettysburg (Pa.): Cordell Boggs



Connecticut: Justin Wain
Elon: John Gallagher
Grinnell (Iowa): Ibuki Ogasawara



Duke: DeVon Edwards
Harvard: Max Rich
Hardin-Simmons (Texas): Conlan Aguirre



East Carolina: Zay Jones
Holy Cross: Jake Wieczorek
Hendrix (Ark.): Ethan Hoppe



Eastern Michigan: Cole Gardner
Idaho State: Hayden Stout
Johns Hopkins (Md.): Jack Campbell



Florida: Johnny Townsend
Illinois State: Mark Spelman
Kenyon (Ohio): Joseph Marabito



Florida Atlantic: Dillon DeBoer
Marist: Cameron Gibson
Lake Forest (Ill.): Sam Mulford



Fresno State: Jacob Vazquez
Missouri State: Dylan Cole
Lycoming (Pa.): Austin Mital



Georgia State: Bobby Baker
Morehead State: Pat DiSalvio
Macalester (Minn.): Forest Redlin



Houston: Tyler McCloskey
Murray State: Toby Omli
Maine Maritime: Robert Bradley



Illinois: Joe Spencer
New Hampshire: Casey DeAndrade
Manchester (Ind.): Zach Rudolf


Indiana: Jacob Bailey
North Dakota State: Chase Morlock
Monmouth (Ill.): Matt Barnes


Iowa State: Kane Seeley
Northern Iowa: Karter Schult
Moravian (Pa.): Jalen Snyder-Scipio


Kansas State: Will Davis
Pennsylvania: Nick Demes
Ohio Wesleyan: Mason Tomblin


Kent State: Nick Cuthbert
Princeton: Scott Carpenter
Redlands (Calif.): Patrick Neville


Kentucky: Jon Toth
Robert Morris: Andy Smigiera
Saint John's (Minn.): Carter Hanson


Marshall: Emanuel Byrd
Saint Francis: Lance Geesey
St. John Fisher (N.Y.): Alec Mortillaro


Memphis: Jake Elliott
San Diego: Devyn Bryant
Trinity (Texas): Brad Hood


Miami (Fla.): Justin Vogel
South Dakota State: Nick Mears
Washington & Jefferson (Pa.): Brandon Martuccio


Michigan: Michael Jocz
Stetson: Davion Belk
Wisconsin-Oshkosh: Branden Lloyd


Michigan State: Josiah Price
Towson: Jake Ryder
Wisconsin-Stout: Logan Stoa


Mississippi: Nathan Noble
Western Carolina: Fred Payne
Wisconsin-Whitewater: John Flood


Mississippi State: Richie Brown
Western Illinois: Nathan Knuffman
Wooster (Ohio): Todd Ulmer


Missouri: Sean Culkin
William & Mary: Hunter Windmuller



Navy: Will Worth
Wofford: Nick Colvin



Nebraska: Josh Banderas
Yale: Sebastian Little
NAIA


North Carolina: Nick Weiler

Morningside (Iowa): Austin Anfinson


North Carolina State: Jack Tocho

Northwestern (Iowa): Craig Bruinsma


North Texas: Fred Scott
DIVISION II
Peru State (Neb.): Ryan Zuhlke


Northern Illinois: Drew Hare
Ashland (Ohio): Zach Bernhard
Trinity International (Ill.): Riley Schussler


Ohio State: Joe Burger
Bentley (Mass.): Bryan Hardy



Old Dominion: Tyler Compton
California of Pa.: Ryan McCauley



Oregon: Johnny Ragin III
Central Missouri: Garrett Fugate



Penn State: Tyler Yazujian
Colorado School of Mines: Richie Rice



Pittsburgh: Dontez Ford
Delta State (Miss.): Tyler Sullivan



Purdue: Jake Replogle
Harding (Ark.): Cordell Zalenski



Rice: Darik Dillard
Humboldt State (Calif.): Chase Krivashei



Rutgers: Quanzell Lambert
Kutztown (Pa.): Kellen Williams



San Jose State: Tim Crawley
Malone (Ohio): JC Pawlyk



South Carolina: Perry Orth
Northwest Missouri State: Simon Mathiesen



Southern Mississippi: Cameron Tom
Pittsburg State (Kan.): Deron Washington



Stanford: Dallas Lloyd
Stonehill (Mass.): Anthony Siciliano



Syracuse: Cameron MacPherson
Tarleton State (Texas): Cody Burtscher



Temple: Brendan McGowan
Wayne State (Mich.): Trent Brodbeck



Tennessee: Dylan Wiesman
West Chester (Pa.): Kyle Keyser



Texas Tech: Justis Nelson
Wingate (N.C.): Caleb Baird



Tulsa: Dane Evans




Utah: Hunter Dimick




Utah State: Travis Seefeldt




Virginia: Nicholas Conte




Wake Forest: Ryan Janvion




West Virginia: Tyler Orlosky




Western Kentucky: Marcus Ward




Western Michigan: Zach Terrell




Wisconsin: Vince Biegel




Wyoming: Chase Roullier





• NFF's news release

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