Sept. 27, 2017
Campbell Trophy Semifinalists
BOISE, Idaho - Redshirt senior center Mason Hampton was named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, the National Football Foundation (NFF) announced Wednesday morning. The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Nov. 1, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, with one member of the class being declared the winner of the 28th William V. Campbell Trophy and having his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.
Hampton stepped into the starting center's role for the Broncos in 2016, starting all 11 games in which he appeared, and has started each of the first four games this season. Last season, the Meridian native anchored a Bronco line that paved the way for the Mountain West's top offense at 472.8 yards per game, and helped produce the eighth-straight 1,000-yard rushing season by a Bronco running back as Doak Walker semifinalist Jeremy McNichols piled up 1,709 yards on the ground, sixth-most in the FBS.
The Bronco center also leads in the classroom, as last December Hampton was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Football First Team, becoming just the fifth Bronco football student-athlete to earn the honor. He has also been thrice named to the Mountain West All-Academic List in addition to being a recipient of the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete award.
Hampton and the Broncos (2-2) return to action Oct. 6 at BYU.