Five players from colleges within the Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter area have been named semi-finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy presented annually by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The award, often referred to as the "Academic Heisman", is presented to a senior or graduate student in his final year of playing eligibility, who has a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, has outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and has demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
Semi-finalists from the Chapter area are:
The National Football Foundation will announce 12-14 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy® on October 27, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2021 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to the ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas for the 63rd NFF Annual Awards Dinner Presented by Las Vegas on Dec. 7, 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 32nd Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.
Five from Chapter Footprint Named Semi-Finalists for
2021 High School Scholar Athletes Announced
Triton Regional High School quarterback Kyle Odoy leads a list of thirteen high school senior football players representing 11 area schools that have been named to the 2021 Scholar Athlete Class of the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
The honorees are judged on academics, community service, extra curricular activities and football ability.
"These 13 young men have persevered through an unimaginable year and a half," said Chapter Executive Director Jim Seavey. "With the COVID pandemic there was no guarantee they would even have a senior season, yet they remained steadfast in their resolve to play football and still managed to contribute to their schools and communities in positive ways. They have each brought great distinction to their schools, families and communities.”
Odoy is a three sport captain (basketball and baseball) who was named Triton Regional's male athlete of the year. He tallied 586 yards on 62 of 107 passing (57.9 percent) and four touchdown passes while also tallying 393 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns on a team-high 94 carries in five games.
Academically, Odoy is among the best students at Triton Regional High School. He boasts a 4.64 GPA and ranks fourth in his class, and has served as a class officer, a member of Triton’s student council and in a variety of other leadership positions throughout high school. He will attend the United States Naval Academy.
The Grinold Chapter has nominated Oday to the National Football Foundation Team of Distinction.
The Scholar Athletes will be honored in a virtual ceremony at a date to be announced.
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