Haite and McCarthy Make List of 19 Division II Players.
MANSFIELD, Mass. – Bentley's Ryan McCarthy and Stonehill's Matt Haite represent the Northeast-10 Conference as semifinalists for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy Presented by Mazda – an award that recognizes an individual as the best football scholar-athlete in the nation – as announced on Wednesday.
The Campbell Trophy, celebrating its 30th year in 2019, goes to the collegiate football player that has combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership. The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) have selected 185 semifinalists across all divisions for award consideration.
The NE10 is one of just five Division II conferences to have multiple semifinalists, an impressive feat as 16 Division II leagues sponsor football. Bentley's Jack Hansbury was a Campbell Trophy semifinalist in 2018.
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on October 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.
Finalists will travel to New York City for the NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 10, where one member will be declared as the Campbell Trophy winner and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.
Nominated by their schools, candidates for the award 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 demonstrate strong leadership and citizenship.
"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. This year's postgraduate scholarships will push the program's all-time distribution to more than $11.7 million.
2019 WILLIAM V. CAMPBELL TROPHY® PRESENTED BY MAZDA SEMIFINALISTS NOTES
- 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
ABOUT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION & COLLEGE HALL OF FAME
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include Football Matters®, the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy®, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Goodyear, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, Sports Business Journal, SportsManias, Under Armour and VICIS. Learn more at footballfoundation.org.
ABOUT THE NE10
The NE10 is an association of 14 diverse institutions serving student-athletes across 24 NCAA Division II sports. Together we build brilliant futures by embracing the journey of every student-athlete.
Each year, 4,500 student-athletes compete in conference championships, making the NE10 the largest DII conference in the country in terms of sport sponsorship. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the NE10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.