For the second year in a row Buffalo is sporting a Linebacker who is getting some national attention. UB Senior Lee Skinner has been named as a semifinalist for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments, the National Football Foundation.
The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation, and up to 16 of the candidates will be named recipients of a prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award, also presented by Fidelity Investments.
He spent three years in the shadow of Khalil Mack but while everyone was focused his teammate the Dayton, OH racked up 275 tackles, including 19 for loss and 6.5 sacks over his 41 game career.
In the classroom Skinner boasts a 3.3 grade point average as a business administration major. He is a team captain and leads the Bulls in tackles with 27 on the season.
"These 167 impressive candidates truly represent the scholar-athlete ideal. 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." - NFF Chairman Archie Manning
Nominated by each school, candidates must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a grade point average 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 NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, Oct. 30. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy.