Virginia Cavaliers linebacker Micah Kiser is the recipient of the 2017 Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation.
Micah Kiser (@kiser_rollin) just won the @NFFNetwork Campbell Trophy as the nation's top football scholar-athlete!— Virginia Football (@UVa_Football) December 6, 2017
The award is known as the #AcademicHeisman
Tom Burns was the last Cavalier to win the “academic Heisman,” bringing home the hardware in 1993.
Some of Kiser’s accomplishments highlighted by the NFF in its announcement of the award:
A 2016 Second Team Academic All-American, Kiser graduated with a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs in May 2017 while boasting a 3.42 GPA. The two-time First Team Academic All-District selection currently maintains a 4.0 GPA while working toward his master’s in higher education. A Baltimore native, Kiser is a two-time Academic All-ACC selection and a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member.
A semifinalist for the 2017 Butkus Award, Kiser has racked up an impressive 134 tackles during the regular season, which leads the ACC and is tied for fourth in the nation. His 11.2 tackles per game average leads the ACC for the third consecutive year and is tied for fifth in the FBS. He also has four pass breakups and is second on the Cavaliers with five sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. Kiser’s two fumble recoveries this season are tied for second in the ACC, and he was named a finalist for the 2017 Lott IMPACT Trophy.
Kiser was joined as an ACC finalist by Miami wide receiver Braxton Barrios.
Virginia’s coaches were quick to heap praise on their senior linebacker.
Huge congrats to @kiser_rollin on winning the Campbell Trophy. Proud of you man. Couldn't happen to a better person. You earned it. #newstandard pic.twitter.com/SXYbi4mYwy— Coach Hunter (@hotohunt09) December 6, 2017
AND...— coachkellypoppinga (@pinga4445) December 6, 2017
Congrats @kiser_rollin! https://t.co/Rxp5XgZcF8
Beaming with pride for @kiser_rollin He’s as advertised and a whole lot more #Hoosrising https://t.co/gbdfuO4klK— UVACoachAtuaia (@UVACoachAtuaia) December 6, 2017
Congratulations, Micah! You’ve made us all proud to root for you the past four years.