MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior offensive lineman Joe Wilson of the Wesleyan University football team has been named one of 179 semifinalists for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy®, as announced by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF). The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
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.
Wilson has excelled both on and off the field throughout his career. An Economics major with a 3.58 grade-point average, the Portland, Ore. native is a two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection and was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team honoree as a junior. On the gridiron, he has been a staple of the offensive line since joining the program in 2015 and was named a Second Team All-NESCAC selection as a freshman and garnered first team laurels as a sophomore.
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 31, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 60th NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 4, 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 29th William V. Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.