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September 27, 2017

NFF PRESS RELEASE

IRVING, Texas – Recognizing one of the most impressive groups of scholar-athletes in the history of college football, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) proudly announced today the 181 semifinalists for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments®.  The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.

Jacob Giles of Dakota State (S.D.) was one of the 181 semifinalists listed on the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy.  He was also one of the 10 recipients from the NAIA division.  Giles is a three-time North Star Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete and was named to Daktronics-NAIA Football Scholar-Athlete for his academic success.

Giles – 6-foot-2 senior quarterback for the Trojans – was also named to North Star Football All-Conference First Team in his junior year.  He currently owns the all-time record for most career touchdown passes of 80.  He also broke the single-game record for most completions in 56-39 victory over then No. 17-ranked Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Aug. 24, and single-game record for most touchdown passes with seven twice (most recently versus DWU).

Giles was one of the nominees for the AFCA Good Work Teams award this past summer.  He is the son of Chris and Karen Giles of Madison.  He is a senior English Education major at Dakota State University.

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 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all sports.  Live during the event, one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 28th William V. Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

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® is a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of recipient's grant by $7,000 for a total postgraduate scholarship of $25,000, which is endowed by HealthSouth.  This year's postgraduate scholarships will push the program's all-time distribution to more than $11.3 million.  Since 2013, the Campbell Trophy® has been prominently displayed inside its official home at the New York Athletic Club.

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. 

2017 NFF WILLIAM V. CAMPBELL TROPHY® SEMIFINALISTS NOTES

·      59th Year of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Program

·      181 Nominations

·      3.59 Average GPA

·      Nominees with a perfect 4.0 GPA

·      40 Nominees with a 3.8 GPA or better

·      60 Nominees with a 3.7 GPA or Better

·      27 Academic All-America Selections

·      114 Captains

·      76 All-Conference Picks

·      19 All-Americans

·      10 Members of the 2017 AFCA Good Works Team

·      71 Nominees from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)

·      37 Nominees from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)

·      30 Nominees from NCAA Division II

·      33 Nominees from NCAA Division III

·      10 Nominees from the NAIA

·      102 Offensive Players

·      67 Defensive Players

·      12 Special Teams Players

2017 NFF WILLIAM V. CAMPBELL TROPHY® SEMIFINALISTS, PRESENTED BY FIDELITY INVESTMENTS
NAIA Division
Bethel (Tenn.) – Cole Andrews
Cumberland (Tenn.) – Chandler Peeples
Dakota State (S.D.) – Jacob Giles
Hastings (Neb.) – Anthony Cloyd
Montana Western – John Munger
Morningside (Iowa) – Logan Rozeboom
Peru State (Neb.) – Gunnar Orcutt
Saint Mary (Kan.) – Kyle Dougherty
Southeastern (Fla.) – Collin Thomas
Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) – Matt Lighter

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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