Will Davis Named Campbell Trophy Semifinalist

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State senior linebacker Will Davis was named a semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today.

Davis’ inclusion on the 66-man list for FBS players marks the third-straight season a Wildcat has been a semifinalist for the award. Last season, Stanton Weber was a semifinalist while wide receiver Tyler Lockett was a finalist for the award and thus named a National Scholar-Athlete in 2014. Additionally, former defensive back Tysyn Hartman was a finalist in 2011.

The Campbell Trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation and holds requirements of candidates to 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 first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

“These 156 impressive candidates truly represent the scholar-athlete ideal,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, whose sons Peyton (Campbell Trophy winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. “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.”

One of three semifinalists from the Big 12, Davis is a three-time First Team Academic All-Big 12 recipient who graduated in May 2016 with a degree in accounting and finance (3.424 GPA). He currently is working on his masters in accounting.

A native of Southlake, Texas, Davis has played in 42 career games as a Wildcat, making 16 starts, while accumulating a total of 107 tackles.

Off the field, Davis has volunteered for numerous community-service activities, including: Cats in the Classroom (helping out at local elementary schools), Senior Cats (Visiting local retirement centers) and the K-State Special Olympics clinic.

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 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 6, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. At the event, one member of the class will be declared the winner of the 27th William V. Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

The Wildcats hit the road to open Big 12 play for the fifth-straight season as they take on West Virginia on Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. The contest, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m. (CT), will be aired on ESPNU.

Tickets for the Texas Tech game start at less than $40 when purchasing a Wildcat 4 Pack. Fans can purchase tickets through the K-State Athletic Ticket office online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets, by phone at 1-800-221-CATS or in person at the main ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum.