POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Marcellus Calhoun, fifth year running back for the Marist Red Foxes, was honored nationally last Wednesday when the National Football Foundation (NFF) named him a semifinalist for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy.
The William V. Campbell Trophy is given annually to an American football player with the best combination of on-field performance, academics, and community service. Since it was first administered in 1990, many great athletes have been honored with the award, including Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow.
Schools are limited to one nominee each, and candidates for the award must be either or senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility with a grade-point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
Marcellus Calhoun is one of 181 semifinalists for the award. “It’s probably the biggest honor of my football career,” Calhoun said. “I just try to keep the same mindset in the classroom as I do on the field. Hard work truly does pay off. The fact that Peyton Manning won the award when he was my age is just crazy.”
The NFF will announce 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, when 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.
Archie Manning, father of Peyton Manning and Chairman of the NFF, spoke highly of the student athletes that are recognized by the award. “These 181 impressive candidates truly represent the scholar-athlete ideal,” he said in a press release. “It is important for us to showcase their success on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. This year’s semifinalists further illustrate the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders.”
Calhoun is currently in his second season as team captain, and is thriving on field. Thus far, Marist football is off to one of its best starts in recent memory, being 3-2 through the first five games. Calhoun is currently the Red Foxes’ leading rusher with 253 yards, and is tied for the most rushing touchdowns with 3. He also has six receptions on the year for a total of 40 yards.
For his career, Calhoun has 20 touchdowns, the fifth-highest total in Marist history. He has been named Honorable Mention All-Pioneer Football League each of the last two seasons, and is a two-time selection to the PFL Academic Honor Roll.
Calhoun and the Red Foxes return to action this Saturday at Tenney Stadium against Columbia (5-0). Kickoff is set for 12pm.