PASADENA, Calif. — Penn State’s John Urschel was honored on the field at the BCS National Championship Game Monday night at the Rose Bowl.
The senior from Williamsville, N.Y., was honored for winning the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy, presented to the nation’s top college football scholar-athlete, and was a two-time first-team Academic All-American. He also was a third-team Associated Press All-American among his many other awards for the season, which concluded with a 7-5 record for the Nittany Lions.
“The national championship game provides the ultimate platform for showcasing the educational opportunities created by college football for the student-athletes who play our game,” said BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock. “The Campbell Trophy and 2013 recipient John Urschel represent the fulfillment of that promise at the highest level. By featuring the Campbell Trophy, we hope to inspire future young people to build a foundation that will benefit them long after they leave the playing field.”
The 6-foot-3, 301-pound offensive guard, who also was the 2013 Senior CLASS Award winner among college football student-athletes nationwide, posted a 4.0 grade-point average, earning a degree in math in three years, adding one master’s degree and is making progress on a second in math education while still holding a 4.0 gpa.
Urschel was the 17th Nittany Lion to be selected an NFF Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete.