ATLANTA -- Georgia State's Chandon Sullivan is one of 13 national finalists for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments® and announced today by the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame. The trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
The 13 finalists were Selected from a nationwide pool of 181 exceptional semifinalists from among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA. Each finalist will each 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. At the event, one member of the class will be declared the winner of the 28th William V. Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000. The event, which will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, will be live streamed on ESPN3, starting at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Sullivan, the cornerback from Winder, Ga., is a senior journalism major and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection with a 3.84 grade point average. He is a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection and the Panthers' career leader in interceptions and passes defended while ranking in the top 10 in career tackles.
“We are extremely proud to announce the finalists for this year’s Campbell Trophy®, who make up the National Scholar-Athlete Class,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “These young men have an unrelenting commitment to excellence in all aspects of their lives, and they represent all that is right in college football. They serve as living examples that Football Matters®, and we are excited to honor their hard work and accomplishments with postgraduate scholarships.”
The 13 finalists are:
Sam Benger, RB, Carnegie Mellon (Pa.), 3.67, Business Administration
Braxton Berrios, WR, Miami (Fla.), 3.96, Finance & Entrepreneurship
Mason Hampton, C, Boise State, 3.97, Accounting
Justin Jackson, RB, Northwestern, 3.23, Economics
Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia, 3.42, Foreign Affairs
Justin Lea, OL, Jacksonville State, 3.92, Emergency MGMT & Geography
Brad Lundblade, C, Oklahoma State, 3.88, Marketing
Marcus Martin, DE, Slippery Rock (Pa.), 3.56, Safety Management
Chandon Sullivan, S, Georgia State, 3.84, Journalism
Blaise Taylor, CB, Arkansas State, 3.84, Business Administration
Marlon Walls, S, Stephen F. Austin, 4.00, Engineering Physics
Chris Weber, LB, Nebraska, 3.96, Nutrition Science
Jake Wieneke, WR, South Dakota State, 3.63, Physical/Teacher Education