LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech senior wide receiver Cameron Batson was named Wednesday a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is presented by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) to the best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
Batson, a native of Oklahoma City, entered his senior season on the gridiron with his degree already in hand after graduating with honors in accounting this summer. He is one of 181 semifinalists for the award that is named in honor of the late Bill Campbell, former player and head coach at Columbia University.
“These 182 impressive candidates truly represent the scholar-athlete ideal,” NFF Chairman Archie Manning said in a press release. “It is important for us to showcase their success on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. This year’s semifinalists further illustrate the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders.”
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Nov. 1, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5 where one student-athlete will be declared the winner of the 28th Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.
Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the Campbell Trophy 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.
Batson, a two-time Academic All-Big 12 first team honoree, has caught 19 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown for a Tech offense that is averaging 45.0 points per game this season. He has started all three games from his spot at inside receiver and has returned five punts as well.
The Red Raiders return to Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday to open Big 12 play against No. 15 Oklahoma State. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. on FOX. Fewer than 1,000 tickets still remain for the game and can be purchased online or by contacting the Tech Ticket Office at 806-742-TECH.