DALLAS, TX-The National Football Foundation announced today the 147 student-athletes that were named semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy. Among the honorees is Hampden-Sydney senior linebacker Alex Price (Fairfax, VA/Fairfax).
The 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Candidates must be in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2, have outstanding football ability, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
Price enters his senior year boasting a 3.81 GPA with a double major in physics and applied mathematics and a minor in national security and military leadership. The three-time Academic All-ODAC honoree is a member of Chi Beta Phi and Pi Mu Epsilon and was named the Most Outstanding Sophomore in Mathematics in 2011 and the Most Outstanding Junior in 2012. This year he was also awarded the President's Award for Academic Excellence in Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
On the field, Price had a breakout season as a junior, tallying 78 tackles, 5.5 for loss, one interception, one fumble recovery, and half-a-sack for the 2011 ODAC Champions. Through three games this season, Price has helped the Tigers hold opponents to under 17 points-per-game while recording 20 tackles, including two for-loss.
"This year's candidates truly embody the National Football Foundation's mission of building leaders through football," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning whose sons Peyton (1997 Campbell Trophy winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. "They are standouts in the classroom and on the field and have become leaders in their respective communities. Each school should take great pride in being represented by such well-rounded young men who will undoubtedly go on to do great things in life."
The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, October 25. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy. Each member of the 2012 National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored December 4 during the 55th 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 Campbell Trophy.
Named in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient's grant by $7,000 for a total post-graduate scholarship of $25,000. A total distribution of $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner, pushing the program's all-time distributions to more than $10.1 million.
Price becomes the third Tiger to be named a semifinalist following Ben Rogers '12 and Will Riggenbach '11. Hampden-Sydney President Dr. Chris Howard was the first recipient of the award in 1990.
To read more about the Campbell Trophy and see all 147 semifinalists, click here.