Calhoun has been named a finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to the nation’s top football student-athlete and selected by The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The Campbell Trophy is widely regarded as the ‘academic Heisman’ trophy for college football, and the trophy is displayed at the New York Athletic Club.
The 13 finalists were announced Thursday, with the Campbell Award winner to be named December 8 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. For achieving finalist status Calhoun will receive a $18,000 post-graduate scholarship.
“I am very thankful for this special opportunity,” Calhoun said in a statement provided by Mississippi State. I have given it my all in the classroom and on the football field in my career here at Mississippi State.
“I’ve always said football is not forever. I’ve worked just as hard in the classroom as I have on the field in pursuing my academic degrees.” Calhoun is a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member, and is the league’s only representative this year on a team chosen from all college football with 135 announced candidates. To be nominated a student-athlete must be a senior or graduate student in his final year, with a GPA of at least 3.2 on the 4.0 scale; be recognized as a standout player as well as demonstrate strong leadership and citizenship.
He joins Frank Dowsing (1972), Bo Russell (1989), and Derek Sherrod (2010) as Bulldog players to reach finalist status for NFF Scholar-Athlete in 56 years.
A Morton, Miss., native, Calhoun is a senior cornerback for the Bulldogs, and coming off a career game when he had two interceptions in State’s victory over Kentucky. The win made the Bulldogs eligible to play in a school-record sixth consecutive bowl game.
Calhoun and club have the weekend off as Mississippi State (6-2, 2-2 SEC) has an open date. The #25-ranked Bulldogs return to work Sunday in advance of next week’s Thursday night game at Missouri.