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Penn State football: Urschel receives Campbell Trophy as college football’s premier scholar-athlete

John Urschel has another academic achievement to add to his already lengthy resume.

The Penn State co-captain won the William V. Campbell Trophy at the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame’s 56th annual celebration of college football on Tuesday night. Awarded to college football’s premier scholar-athlete, the Campbell Trophy was one of many academic honors Urschel earned on the season.

In addition to a master’s degree in math, Urschel is currently finishing his second master’s in math education. With his Campbell Trophy win, Urschel will receive $25,000 for post-graduate work.

“Words cannot describe how much this means to me,” Urschel said. “I want to thank the National Football Foundation and, in particular, Archie Manning and Steve Hatchell. I want to thank my coaches, teammates and fans for their love and support while at Penn State. I am grateful for playing in front of 108,000 fans; the best fans in college football.”

During his senior season in which he helped lead Penn State to a 7-5 record, Urschel was named a first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American for the second time. His 4.0 grade-point average was maintained throughout a season in which he also became a second-time first-team All-Big Ten selection.

Urschel was the 17th Nittany Lion to be selected a Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete. Former offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski was also a first-team Academic All-American.