Nebraska defensive lineman Mick Stoltenberg is among 180 players across all levels of college football nominated by their schools for the William V. Campbell Trophy presented by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF). The Campbell Trophy is presented annually to the "absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation."
This is the 60th year for the NFF's scholar athlete awards. Past winners include Peyton Manning (Tennessee), Tim Tebow (Florida) and Sam Acho (Texas).
"For 60 years, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete program has showcased more than 800 college football players who have been successful on the football field, in the classroom and in the community," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. "This year’s semifinalists further illustrate the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders.”
As a semifinalist Stoltenberg will be eligible to receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship awarded to 12 to 14 finalists and would earn a trip to New York City for the NFF's annual awards banquet. Should he be awarded the 25-pound bronze Campbell Trophy, Stoltenberg would receive a post-graduate scholarship totaling $25,000.
Schools are permitted to nominate one football player for the Campbell Trophy. He must be in his final year of eligibility, have maintained a 3.2 GPA, be a significant contributor to the team and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
Stoltenberg, a senior management major from Gretna, Nebraska, has collected numerous academic awards over his Husker career including being named CoSIDA Academic All-District (2017), Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2018), Academic All-Big Ten (2016, 2017) and landing on Nebraska's student-athlete honor roll in seven semesters.