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IRVING, Texas– The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the 156 semifinalists for the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and prominently displayed inside its official home at the New York Athletic Club. The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.

The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Nov. 1, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 6, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. At the event, one member of the class will be declared in dramatic fashion the winner of the 27th William V. Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

“These 156 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. “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.”

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Named in honor of the late Bill Campbell, 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. Campbell, the former chairman of American software company Intuit Inc, was a former player and head coach at Columbia University, not to mention the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal. This year’s postgraduate scholarships will push the program’s all-time distribution to more than $11.1 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.”

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.

Launched in 1959, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program became the first initiative in history to award postgraduate scholarships based on both a player’s academic and athletic accomplishments, and it has recognized 816 outstanding individuals since its 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.

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In 2011, the NFF and Fidelity Investments launched a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. As part of the initiative, Fidelity became the first presenting sponsor of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program. In 2014, Fidelity became the presenting sponsor of the Campbell Trophy. Fidelity also helped launch the NFF Faculty Salutes, which recognize the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives at each of the institutions with an 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 $380,000 distributed from 2011-15.

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 Rob 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 Munoz (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); and Oklahoma’s Ty Darlington (2015).

The candidates for the NCAA are as follows: 

FBS

Player

School

Claude Alexander
Air Force
Matt Haack
Arizona State
Brooks Ellis
Arkansas
Jake Swalley
Arkansas State
Alex Kozan
Auburn 
Sam Brunner
Ball State
Sean Wale
Boise State
Taysom Hill
BYU
Justin Holman
Central Florida
Cooper Rush
Central Michigan
Ryan Severson
Colorado
Justin Wain
Connecticut
DeVon Edwards
Duke
Zay Jones
East Carolina
Cole Gardner
Eastern Michigan
Johnny Townsend
Florida
Dillion DeBoer
Florida Atlantic
Jacob Vasquez
Fresno State
Bobby Baker
Georgia State
Tyler McCloskey
Houston
Joe Spencer
Illinois
Jacob Bailey
Indiana
Kane Seeley
Iowa State
Will Davis
Kansas State
Nick Cuthbert
Kent State
Jon Toth
Kentucky 
Emanuel Byrd
Marshall
Jake Elliot
Memphis
Justin Vogel
Miami (Fla.)
Michael Jocz
Michigan
Josiah Price
Michigan State
Nathan Noble
Mississippi
Richie Brown
Mississippi State
Sean Culkin
Missouri
Will Worth
Navy
Josh Banderas
Nebraska 
Nick Weiler
North Carolina
Jack Tocho
North Carolina State
Fred Scott
North Texas
Drew Hare
Northern Illinois
Joe Burger
Ohio State
Tyler Compton
Old Dominion
Johnny Ragin III
Oregon
Tyler Yazujian
Penn State
Dontez Ford
Pittsburgh
Jake Replogle
Purdue
Darik Dillard
Rice
Quanzell Lambert
Rutgers
Tim Crawley
San Jose State
Perry Orth
South Carolina
Cameron Tom
Southern Mississippi
Dallas Lloyd
Stanford
Cameron MacPherson
Syracuse
Brendan McGowan
Temple
Dylan Wiesman
Tennessee
Justis Nelson
Texas Tech
Dane Evans
Tulsa
Hunter Dimick
Utah
Travis Seefeldt
Utah State
Nicholas Conte
Virginia
Ryan Janvion
Wake Forest
Tyler Orlosky
West Virginia 
Marcus Ward
Western Kentucky 
Zach Terrell
Western Michigan
Vince Biegel
Wisconsin
Chase Roullier
Wyoming

FCS

Player

School

Trey Salisbury
Austin Paey State
Dakota Girard
Brown
Cary Hess
Bucknell
Jarrett Ozimek
Campbell
Ben Robinson
Charleston Southern
Derrick Craine
Chattanooga
Will Vanvick
The Citadel
Chris Beaschler
Dayton
Jalen Randolph
Delaware
Ernest Mengoni
Delaware State
Avery Pitt
Eastern Kentucky 
John Gallagher
Elon
Max Rich
Harvard
Jake Wieczorek
Holy Cross
Hayden Stout
Idaho State 
Mark Spelman
Illinois State
Cameron Gibson
Marist
Dylan Cole
Missouri State
Pat DiSalvio
Morehead State
Toby Omli
Murray State
Casey DeAndrade
New Hampshire
Chase Morlock
North Dakota State
Karter Schult
Northern Iowa
Nick Demes
Pennsylvania
Scott Carpenter
Princeton
Andy Smigiera
Robert Morris
Lance Geesey
Saint Francis
Devyn Bryant
San Diego
Nick Mears
South Dakota State
Davion Belk
Stetson
Jake Ryder
Towson
Fred Payne
Western Carolina
Nathan Knuffman
Western Illinois
Hunter Windmuller
William & Mary
Nick Colvin
Wofford
Sebastian Little
Yale

Division II

Player

School

Zach Bernhard
Ashland (Ohio)
Bryan Hardy
Bentley (Mass.)
Ryan McCauley
California of Pa.
Garrett Fugate
Central Missouri
Richie Rice
Colorado School of Mines
Tyler Sullivan
Delta State (Miss.)
Cordell Zalenski
Harding (Ark.)
Chase Krivashei
Humboldt State (Calif.)
Kellen Williams
Kutztown (Pa.)
JC Pawlyk
Malone (Ohio)
Simon Mathiesen
Northwest Missouri State
Deron Washington
Pittsburg State (Kan.)
Anthony Siciliano
Stonehill (Mass.)
Cody Burtscher
Tarleton State (Texas)
Trent Brodbeck
Wayne State (Mich.)
Kyle Keyser
West Chester (Pa.)
Caleb Baird
Wingate (N.C.)

Division III

Player

School

Andrew DiFranco
Albion (Mich.)
Mark Upton
Bates (Maine)
Drew Neuville
Bethel (Minn.) 
Davey Hardesty
Bridgewater (Va.)
Brian Khoury
Carnegie Mellon (Pa.)
Soren Pelz-Walsh
Castleton (Vt.)
Will Longthorne
DePauw (Ind.)
Jonathan Naji
Franklin and Marshall (Pa.)
Isaac Robinson
Frostberg State (Md.)
Sean Fenton
Gallaudet (D.C.)
Cordell Boggs
Gettysburg (Pa.)
Ibuki Ogasawara
Grinnell (Iowa)
Conlan Aguirre
Hardin-Simmons (Texas)
Ethan Hoppe
Hendrix (Ark.)
Jack Campbell
Johns Hopkins (Md.)
Joseph Marabito
Kenyon (Ohio)
Sam Mulford
Lake Forest (Ill.)
Austin Mital
Lycoming (Pa.)
Forest Redlin
Macalester (Minn.)
Robert Bradley
Maine Maritime
Zach Rudolf
Manchester (Ind.)
Matt Barnes
Monmouth (Ill.)
Jalen Snyder-Scipio
Moravian (Pa.)
Mason Tomblin
Ohio Wesleyan
Patrick Neville
Redlands (Calif.)
Carter Hanson
Saint John’s (Minn.)
Alec Mortillaro
St. John Fisher (N.Y.)
Brad Hood
Trinity (Texas) 
Brandon Martuccio
Washington & Jefferson (Pa.)
Branden Lloyd
Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Logan Stoa
Wisconsin-Stout
John Flood
Wisconsin-Whitewater
Todd Ulmer
Wooster (Ohio)