recognizes the best football scholar-athlete in the nation for combined academic success, football performance
(UCF KNIGHTS) – UCF All-America long snapper Alex Ward has been named a semifinalist for the 2022 William V. Campbell Trophy, which is college football’s premier scholar-athlete award.
The impressive list of candidates boasts an impressive 3.62 average GPA, with more than half of the semifinalists have already earned their bachelor’s degrees.
Celebrating its 33rd year, 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.
Ward graduated in December 2021 with a degree in mechanical engineering and is currently pursuing a second degree in integrated business from the College of Business Administration.
He was named to the Order of Pegasus last spring, earning the most prestigious honor for any UCF student. Ward also was a dean’s list selection for the spring 2022 semester.
A fifth-year player from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Ward was named to the Patrick Mannelly Award Preseason Watch List, which is presented annually to the top long snapper in college football. Ward was of three finalists for the award last season.
Ward earned third-team All-America honors in 2021 from Phil Steele and also was selected first-team all-American Athletic Conference by Steele. Ward is a preseason third-team All-America pick by Steele for 2022.
2022 WILLIAM V. CAMPBELL TROPHY® SEMIFINALISTS NOTES
■ 33rd year of the William V. Campbell Trophy®
■ 64th year of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards Presented by Fidelity Investments
■ 156 Semifinalists
■ 3.62 Average GPA
■ 93 Nominees who have already earned their bachelor’s degrees
■ 6 Nominees who have earned a master’s degree
■ 4 Nominees with a perfect 4.0 GPA
■ 42 Nominees with a 3.8 GPA or better
■ 60 Nominees with a 3.7 GPA or better
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 26.
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