ATLANTA -- Georgia State senior Terry Thomas is one of 185 semifinalists for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda, as announced today by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF). Celebrating its 30th year in 2019, the Campbell Trophy® recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.

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.

Thomas, a defensive end from McDonough, Ga., (Luella High School) maintains a 3.41 GPA while majoring in biological sciences. He is active on campus as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity while serving as a campus ambassador in Georgia State University's 1913 Society.

On the field, Thomas is a three-year starter at defensive end who earned honorable mention All-Sun Belt Conference recognition in 2018.

Thomas and the Panther return to action Oct. 5, when Georgia State hosts Arkansas State for Homecoming in a 3:30 p.m. kickoff at Georgia State Stadium.

The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 30, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2019 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10, 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 30th Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.