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Jack Campbell will win the 2022 William W. Campbell Award

Jack Campbell will win the 2022 William W. Campbell Award

From Cedar Falls, Iowa, to the nation’s biggest stage, Iowa State linebacker Jack Campbell was honored with the 2022 William W. Campbell Award on Tuesday night in Las Vegas. Below is the full press release provided by the University of Iowa.

University of Iowa senior midfielder Jack Campbell was awarded the 2022 William W. Campbell Trophy. The presentation was made during the 64th annual National Football Foundation Awards Dinner held in Las Vegas at the Bellagio Resort and Casino.

The Campbell Trophy is the premier scholar-athlete award that annually recognizes the nation’s absolute best individual for their combined academic achievement, football performance and exemplary leadership. As the 33rd recipient, Campbell will receive a $25,000 graduate fellowship.

“This is a very worthy honor for Jack,” said Moon Family head coach Kirk Ferentz. “Jack is a great teammate and a highly respected leader in our program. His athletic and academic success is a direct result of his strong work ethic. Jack is an outstanding representative of our football program, the University of Iowa, his family and the Cedar Falls community.”

Campbell, a native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, previously was named the Nagurski-Wooden Defensive Player of the Year and the Butkus-Fitzgerald Midfielder of the Year. He is one of five finalists for the Butkus Award, which is given to the best midfielder in the country. He was named a semi-finalist for the Bednarik and Rotary Lombardi Awards.

Campbell (6-foot-5, 246 pounds) has led Iowa’s defense all season. He has 118 tackles, which ranks second in the Big Ten and ranks 13th nationally. He also recorded two interceptions, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble, along with 3.5 tackles for loss. He has 295 career tackles to rank 19th in program history.

Campbell, who will graduate in December, has a 3.49 GPA majoring in Business Management and minoring in Sports and Recreation Management. He was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2021, earned Dean’s List honors in three semesters and was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He was a member of the Iowa State Player Leadership Council for three years.

Campbell is the first Iowa State football student-athlete to win the William W. Campbell Trophy. Six previous players have been named an NFF National Scholar-Athlete, including linebacker James Morris (2013), linebacker Mike Klinkenborg (2007), offensive lineman Derek Rose (1998), tight end Mike Flagg (1987), linebacker Bob Elliott (1975) and defensive lineman John Charles Hendricks (1968).

Along with Tuesday’s event in Las Vegas, Campbell will be recognized as the 2022 Campbell Trophy® recipient at several other prestigious events. He will be interviewed live during ESPN’s “The Home Depot College Football Awards” on Thursday, Dec. 8. A reception will be held in his honor on Monday, December 12 at the New York Athletic Club (NYAC), the trophy’s official venue since 2013. Finally, he will be honored during the college football national championship in January. 9 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

Launched in 1959 and celebrating its 64th anniversary in 2022, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Program is the first-ever graduate scholarship initiative based on a player’s overall academic, athletic and leadership achievements, and the program has awarded $12.3 million 906 best athletes since its inception. Applicants must be seniors or final-year graduate students, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding soccer ability as a first-team player or significant contributor, and demonstrate strong leadership and citizenship.

The centerpiece of the NFF® Scholar-Athlete Program, the William W. Campbell® Trophy was first awarded in 1990. It is named after the late Bill Campbell, former chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach of Columbia University and awarded the 2004 NFF Gold Medal.

Iowa (7-5, 5-4) will take on Kentucky in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 31 in Nashville (11 a.m. CT, ESPN). The Hawkeyes earned their 20th bowl invitation in the last 24 seasons under Ferenc.

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