Hedley Named Semifinalist for Campbell Trophy
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami punter Lou Hedley was named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy honoring the nation’s top football scholar-athlete, the National Football Foundation announced Wednesday.
Hedley, a second-team All-American by multiple outlets last year, maintains a 3.25 GPA as a sports administration major. The Australia native, who has been Miami’s starting punter for the last three seasons, delivered one of the best seasons ever by a Hurricane punter a year ago, helping Miami set the NCAA FBS record (minimum 40 punts) for net punting. A second-team All-ACC selection in 2020, Hedley was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award honoring the nation’s top punter.
Celebrating its 32nd year, the Campbell Trophy® recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 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.
“The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees as well as their schools and coaches on their tremendous accomplishments,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are extremely proud to highlight each semifinalist’s achievements, showcasing their ability to balance academics and athletics at the highest level. The NFF Awards Committee will have an incredibly difficult task in selecting the finalists from this outstanding group of candidates.”