Dallas, Texas -- Missouri Southern senior quarterback Kellen Cox has been named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation's (NFF) William V. Campbell Trophy, the organization announced today.
Being named a semifinalist, Cox is already an NFF Scholar-Athlete, but he now goes up for the Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
"This year's candidates truly embody the National Football Foundation's mission of building leaders through football," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning whose sons Peyton (1997 Campbell Trophy winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. "They are standouts in the classroom and on the field and have become leaders in their respective communities. Each school should take great pride in being represented by such well-rounded young men who will undoubtedly go on to do great things in life."
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 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.
Cox is making the transition from wide receiver to quarterback and is one of four seniors on the Lions' roster. This season, he has been the leading rusher for the team, averaging over 100 yards per game with his last three topping the century mark. He maintains a 3.68 GPA in education at Missouri Southern.
The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, October 25. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy. Each member of the 2012 National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored December 4 during the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. One member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the winner of the Campbell Trophy.
Cox is the second football Lion to be named a semifinalist for this award in the last six years as Collin Bado earned the honor in 2007.