Dec. 5, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior defensive back Tysyn Hartman will be one of 16 finalists among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA for the prestigious 2011 Campbell Trophy, also known as the “Academic Heisman,” which will be announced tomorrow at the 54th NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York.
By being named a finalist, Hartman will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship at the awards dinner, held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. The announcement of the winner will be made Tuesday between 8:30 - 9:00 p.m. ET during the awards dinner. ESPN3 will carry the event live, and fans can also watch a live stream at www.footballfoundation.org
Hartman is one of just 10 players from FBS schools to be named a finalist and one of two from the Big 12, joining Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill on the list. The Wichita, Kan., product is also just the fourth Wildcat in school history to be named a finalist and the first since offensive lineman Jason Johnson in 1996.
“I am honored to be a finalist for this award,” said Hartman. “I would like to thank the support staff at Kansas State for allowing me to be in this position and helping me with everything I need. Most of all, I would like to thank my mother for instilling the values in me that it takes to be successful in the classroom and on the field.”
Hartman, who has accumulated a 3.57 GPA in finance, is a two-time CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-district honoree and a three-time Academic All-Big 12 scholar. He graduated in three and a half years with a degree in finance, qualifying for the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll every semester of his college career.
A three-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Hartman has volunteered for multiple community service projects, including Adopt-a-Family and the Special Olympics.
On the field, Hartman has started the last three seasons as a safety after entering the program as a quarterback. A two-year team captain, Hartman has 251 career tackles and nine interceptions, which rank ninth in school history. He also has 62 tackles and two picks this season to lead Kansas State to a 10-2 regular season finish and second straight bowl appearance.
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