Oct. 2, 2013
NFF Campbell Trophy release
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced Wednesday the 170 student-athletes who are candidates for the 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, with Bucknell's Tracey Smith and Holy Cross' John Macomber each representing their schools.
Macomber and Smith are among 46 FCS candidates for the Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. The 170 semifinalists represent the most ever since 2006 when the NFF increased the nomination standards to require a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA.
Macomber was selected to the preseason All-Patriot League Team at both punter and placekicker, and has lived up to his billing in 2013 by making 3-of-4 field goals and leading the Patriot League with a 41.7 punting average.
Smith, a preseason All-Patriot League pick at defensive line, has totaled nine tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery in the first three games for the Bison.
Each player earned second-team All-Patriot League honors last season, with Macomber also receiving a spot on the Academic All-Patriot League squad for the second year in a row. Macomber and Smith have both made the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in each of the last three seasons.
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 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.
The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, October 31. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy. Each member of the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored Dec. 10 during the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. One member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy.
Read the full Campbell Trophy release from the National Football Foundation here