Kentucky Wildcats center Jon Toth a semifinalist for Campbell Award

Kentucky center Jon Toth was named a semifinalist for the 2016 Campbell Award, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced Thursday.

The award recognizes the nation's best football scholar-athlete.

Toth, a senior from Indianapolis, is considered one of the best at his position in the country. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound center has helped Kentucky average nearly 200 rushing yards per game. The top two backs running behind him and the Wildcats' offensive line, Stanley "Boom" Williams and Benny Snell Jr., are averaging 8.0 and 6.3 yards per carry, respectively. 

He is also a member of the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy, presented annually to the nation's outstanding center, as well as the Outland Trophy, awarded to the nation's best interior lineman.

Off the field, Toth is a three-time SEC academic honor roll member who is on track to graduate in December with degrees in mechanical engineering and Spanish.

The award is named in the honor of the late Bill Campbell, former chairman of Intuit, who played and coached at Columbia University. Nominees must have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Nov. 1. The finalists will be invited to New York City for the 59th Annual NFF Awards Dinner on Dec. 6.

Toth and the Wildcats (2-2, 1-1 SEC) are back in action Saturday at No. 1 Alabama (4-0, 1-0 SEC), the defending national champion.

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