Hartman Named Finalist for Prestigious Campbell Trophy

Tysyn Hartman

Oct. 26, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior defensive back Tysyn Hartman is one of 16 finalists among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA for The National Football Foundation (NFF) National School-Athlete Award and recipient of the prestigious 2011 Campbell Trophy, also known as the “Academic Heisman,” the NFF & College Football Hall of Fame announced Wednesday.

Hartman is one of just 10 players from FBS schools to be named a finalist and one of two from the Big 12, joining Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill on the list. The Wichita, Kan., product is also just the fourth Wildcat in school history to be named a finalist and the first since offensive lineman Jason Johnson in 1996.

“I am honored to become a finalist for this award,” said Hartman. “I would like to thank the support staff at Kansas State for allowing me to be in this position and helping me with everything I need. Most of all, I would like to thank my mother for instilling the values in me that it takes to be successful in the classroom and on the field.”

By being named a finalist, Hartman will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship at the 54th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 6, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. One of the 16 finalists will be announced as the 22nd recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy (formerly known as the Draddy Trophy), which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation.

“We are proud of Tysyn and salute his accomplishments in the classroom and on the field,” said Athletics Director John Currie. “The National Football Foundation’s decision to recognize Tysyn as one of 16 national finalists for its most prestigious award is a perfect example of what we are striving for when we talk about K-State’s vision of a model intercollegiate athletics program with a world-class student-athlete experience.

“Tysyn, his family and teammates as well as Coach Snyder, our athletic staff – specifically Jill Shields and our academic support team – and the K-State faculty should all be proud of their collective priorities which have resulted in this tremendous honor.”

“This year’s class is one of the best ever in the 53-year history of the program,” said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. “Their average GPA is a remarkable 3.81, setting a modern day record for the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Without exception, they are some of the finest student-athletes to ever set foot on the gridiron, and they serve as a prime example of football’s unique ability to build leaders. Ensuring that they continue their education with an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship is a privilege, and we know that they have only begun to reach their potential.”

Hartman, who has accumulated a 3.57 GPA in finance, is a two-time CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-district honoree and a three-time Academic All-Big 12 scholar. He graduated in three and a half years with a degree in finance, qualifying for the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll every semester of his college career.

A three-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Hartman has volunteered for multiple community service projects, including Adopt-a-Family and the Special Olympics.

On the field, Hartman has started the last two-plus seasons as a safety after entering the program as a quarterback. A two-year team captain, Hartman has 220 career tackles and nine interceptions, which rank ninth in school history. He also has 31 tackles and two picks this season to lead Kansas State to its first 7-0 start since 1999.