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Penn State Football: John Urschel Honored With Campbell Trophy

by on December 11, 2013 10:07 AM

Penn State standout guard and academic wiz John Urschel was named the recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy on Tuesday night at the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's 56th annual banquet in New York City.

Despite Penn State's long history of academic and athletic success, Urschel is the first Penn State student-athlete to win the Campbell Trophy, which was first presented in 1990.

The trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, and is presented to the nation's premier college football Scholar-Athlete. Urschel will receive a total of $25,000 for post-graduate work as part of the award.

"Words cannot describe how much this means to me," said Urschel. "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."

Urschel is among the eight Nittany Lions who had earned their degrees prior to the season, graduating with a 4.0 grade-point average in math in three years. Urschel earned his master's degree in math in one year, and is working on a second master's in math education.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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