IRVING, Texas – Colorado State senior kicker Wyatt Bryan has been named a semifinalist for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy, the National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today.
The William V. Campbell Trophy is given annually to the best football scholar-athletes in the nation.
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 playing 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.
Bryan is a mechanical engineering major and holds a 3.682 GPA. He has earned Academic All-Mountain West and MW Scholar-Athlete recognition each of the last three years.
The Larkspur, Colo., native is CSU’s all-time scoring leader with 305 points. He set the record in the third game of this season against Arkansas, eclipsing the previous mark of 294 set by legendary Rams running back Steve Bartalo.
For his career, Bryan has made 75.4 percent of his field goal attempts with a career-long field goal of 55 yards coming in the first quarter against the Razorbacks. It was the longest successful field goal by a CSU kicker since Peter Rantzau made a 55-yarder on Oct. 17, 1992 at Air Force.
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 31, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 60th NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 4, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. Live during the event, one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 29th William V. Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.