South Florida Bulls senior safety Jaymon Thomas was named a semifinalist for The National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame’s William V. Campbell Trophy on Wednesday.
The Campbell Trophy honors academics, character, and athleticism and is awarded to college football’s top scholar-athlete. Nominees are limited to one per school.
According to USF’s release, candidates must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a starter or “significant contributor,” and must have demonstrated “strong leadership and citizenship.”
Thomas, who is among 179 semifinalists, has registered 131 tackles in 16 starts as a Bull and is currently fourth on the team with 25 tackles, including in 11 in the season opener against Elon.
Named to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list in July, Thomas is on track to graduate in December with a 3.5 grade-point average in Health Sciences and is involved with numerous community service endeavors including Boys and Girls Club of Tampa and Tampa Parks and Recreation.
All 12-14 finalists, announced on October 31, will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and travel to New York City for the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 4. The winner will have their scholarship increased to $25,000.