IRVING, Texas – Senior safety Tanner Lee has been named a semifinalist for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity, as announced by the National Football Foundation Wednesday, Sept. 27.
Lee is one of 181 semifinalists from around the country that will via for the Campbell Trophy, regarded as the award that recognizes the best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
A native of Spanish Fort, Alabama, Lee was an All-Ivy selection as a junior after leading the Crimson with four interceptions and finishing sixth with 41 tackles. Through two games this season, Lee is tied for the team lead in tackles with 13 and returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown during Harvard's win over Brown last Saturday.
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.
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.