Nicholls’ Taylor, NSU’s Zirkle Named Semifinalists for 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy

first_imgZirkle, a senior offensive lineman, finished with a 3.87 GPA as a business major in undergrad and now has a perfect 4.0 mark studying homeland security in grad school. He anchors a Demon offensive line that ranks 27th among FCS programs in passing yards per game (276.3) and stands in the top-50 nationally in tackles for loss allowed per game (5.5) and sacks allowed per game (1.5). Zirkle is a two-time member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-Southland teams and represented the league at the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum.  The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 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. 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. Celebrating its 30th year in 2019, the award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership. Taylor and Zirkle are among the 185 individuals honored from all three NCAA divisions and NAIA. IRVING, Texas – Nicholls running back Dontrell Taylor and Northwestern State offensive lineman Chris Zirkle are semifinalists for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda, the National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame announced Wednesday. Full Release/Semifinalist Listcenter_img Nominated by their schools, 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. Taylor, a senior running back, boasts a 3.72 GPA in petroleum services safety technology. He was a Second-Team All-Southland selection in 2018 after leading the team in rushing yards (990) and scoring 10 total touchdowns. Taylor suffered an injury in fall camp and has missed the first four weeks of the season. A two-time Academic All-Southland pick, he picked up CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in 2018. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. Live during the event, one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 30th Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.Launched in 1959, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards presented by Fidelity Investments celebrate their 61st year in 2019. The awards were the first initiative in history to grant postgraduate scholarships based on both a player’s academic and athletic accomplishments, and the NFF has recognized 854 outstanding individuals since their inception.last_img

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