ATLANTA – Georgia State football standout Chandon Sullivan has been named a semifinalist for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments®, announced Wednesday by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF).
The award recognizes an individual as the best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Nov. 1, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, 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 28th William V. Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.
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.
A senior cornerback from Winder, Ga., Sullivan is a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree as a journalism major with a 3.84 grade point average. He has been recognized on the Dean’s List and the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List.
Sullivan, a four-year starter in the secondary is Georgia State’s all-time leader in interceptions and passes defended with career totals of 142 tackles, six interceptions and 22 passes defended.
He entered his senior season on the Preseason All-Sun Belt team and the Watch List for the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Coming off a 28-0 victory at Charlotte, Sullivan and the Georgia State Panthers are off this week due to Memphis' cancellation of their scheduled game. GSU returns to action Oct. 7 at Coastal Carolina, while the Panthers' next home game is the Oct. 21 Homecoming contest vs. Troy.