DALLAS, Texas - Kansas State senior tight end Jeron Mastrud was named a semifinalist for the 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced Thursday.
The Campbell Trophy, formerly known as the Draddy Trophy, is presented to the player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance, thus being considered the "Academic Heisman Trophy."
Mastrud, a two-time team captain and a player representative in 2009, has been a leader for K-State both on and off the field. The Beaverton, Ore., native has played in every game since his true freshman season, accumulating 34 career starts, including a team-best 18 consecutive starts. In the 2009 season opener against Massachusetts, Mastrud became just the third tight end in school history to top the 1,000-yard receiving mark for a career.
Off the field, Mastrud, a three-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), has earned First Team Academic All-Big 12 accolades twice. Last year, Mastrud was named Academic All-District VII before becoming the 17th player in school history to be named an Academic All-American.
Mastrud has also been heavily involved in community service work through SAAC as he has participated in various programs such as Cats for Cans, Read to Achieve, Walkin' With a Wildcat and Adopt-a-Family. He also helped area residents with cleanup after a devastating tornado hit the Manhattan community in June 2008.
Semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 score, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
"On the heels of our recent announcement to rename our top scholar-athlete award in honor of Bill Campbell, we are incredibly proud to select the next winner from this remarkable group of semifinalists," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning.
The NFF Awards Committee will select and announce up to 15 finalists on Oct. 29. Each finalist will be recognized as part of the 2009 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. The Campbell Trophy winner, who will have his scholarship increased to $25,000, will be announced live at the NFF's Annual Awards Dinner on December 8 at the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION SEMIFINALISTS FOR THE WILLIAM V. CAMPBELL TROPHY
Colin Peek, Alabama; Mike Nixon, Arizona State; Joe Pawelek, Baylor; Craig Rutherford, Bowling Green State; Matt Bauman, BYU; Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan; Jeff Linkenbach, Cincinnati; Jake Behrens, Colorado; Klint Kubiak, Colorado State; Bradley Kanuch, Connecticut; Andrew Schmitt, Eastern Michigan; Tim Tebow, Florida; Paul McCall, Florida International; Moses Harris, Fresno State; Jon Asamoah, Illinois; Jammie Kirlew, Indiana; Todd Reesing, Kansas; Jeron Mastrud, Kansas State; Ross Bogue, Kentucky; Scott Hayes, Louisiana; Joseph Tronzo, Louisville; Lyle Hitt, LSU; Matt Reagan, Memphis; Matt Pipho, Miami; Zoltan Mesko, Michigan; Phillip Tanner, Middle Tennessee State; Eric Decker, Minnesota; Kurtis Gregory, Missouri; Ross Pospisil, Navy; Wes Cammack, Nebraska; Brandon Bice, Northern Illinois; Andrew Brewer, Northwestern; Mike Anello, Notre Dame; Jim Cordle, Ohio State; Auston English, Oklahoma; Gregg Peat, Oregon State; Josh Hull, Penn State; Devin McCourty, Rutgers; Matthew Kawulok, San Diego State; Mitch Enright, SMU; Jeff Byers, Southern California; Andrew Robinson, Syracuse; Cody Sullins, Tennessee; Colt McCoy, Texas; Logan Paulsen, UCLA; Ryan Wolfe, UNLV; Zane Beadles, Utah; Nnamdi Gwacham, Utah State; Ben Wooster, Wake Forest; Kenny Alfred, Washington State; Reed Williams, West Virginia; Tim Hiller, Western Michigan; Mickey Turner, Wisconsin; Weston Johnson, Wyoming.