Austin MacGinnis named semifinalist for 2017 Campbell Award

After setting a new school record for FGs made in a career last Saturday it was announced today that he is a semifinalist for the 2017 Campbell Award. MacGinnis, a four-year starting kicker, currently holds the school records formost field goals in a career (58), longest field goal (54 yards), most consecutive field goals made (11), most points in a season (104), most field goals in a season (21), most extra points in a season without a miss (41 of 41) and most kickoff touchbacks in a season (25).

This season, he was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week and earned one of three "Stars of the Week” from the Lou Groza Award. Off the field, MacGinnis has excelled in the classroom and he graduated in May of 2017 from the Gatton College of Business and Economics with a degree in finance. He is currently working on a master’s of science degree in finance with a projected graduation date of May of 2018. He’s also been active in community service projects, service/educational trip to Ethiopia in 2015, with the Special Olympics, served food to homeless people for Lighthouse Ministries and served as volunteer for Bud Asher’s Kick Back to Central Florida Clinic in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Information obtained from The UK Athletics Department said the award is named in honor of the late Bill Campbell, former chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal, the Campbell Trophy® is a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient’s grant by $7,000 for a total postgraduate scholarship of $25,000, which is endowed by HealthSouth.This year’s postgraduate scholarships will push the program’s all-time distribution to more than $11.3 million. Since 2013, the Campbell Trophy® has been prominently displayed inside its official home at the New York Athletic Club. Student athletes are nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.

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, presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, 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 28th William V. Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.