Virginia Cavaliers safety Joey Blount has been named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy, awarded to the country’s top scholar-athlete. As Virginia’s nominee, Blount is one of 199 semifinalists (85 in the FBS), a list that will be narrowed down to 12-14 finalists in November. Each finalist will receive a $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and a chance to have that number bumped to $25,000 if awarded the trophy.
To be nominated, each candidate 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.
With multiple All-ACC second and third team recognitions throughout his career, Blount led the team last year with three interceptions and 60 unassisted tackles. He also added an interception last week against Duke.
Among the nominees, nine have a perfect 4.0 GPA, 59 have at least a 3.8, and 72 have at least a 3.7.
Virginia is one of just five schools (Florida, Nebraska, Ohio State and Tennessee) that have multiple Campbell Trophy winners already. Micah Kiser won the award in 2017 and Tom Burns won the award in 1993.
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