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Matt Lynch Named Campbell Trophy Semifinalist

Oct 6, 2020

BOULDER--Matt Lynch, a graduate transfer from UCLA, is one of 199 college football players named a semifinalist for the 2020 William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Mazda.  

The award is celebrating its 31st season and recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.  The National Football Foundation will announce 12-14 finalists in November and each will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as part of the 2020 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class.  The winner of the Campbell Trophy will see his scholarship increased to $25,000 and receive his own 25-pound bronze version of the iconic statue. 

Jim Hansen won the Campbell Trophy in 1992 as one of the first winners of the "Academic Heisman."  Additionally, the Buffs have had two other finalists, Brain Daniels in 2006 and Nate Solder in 2010.  

Lynch joined the Buffs in June after graduating from UCLA and is pursuing graduate studies at Colorado.  He was a member of the UCLA Athletic Director's Honor Roll six times.  He prepped at Broomfield's Legacy High School and was recruited to UCLA as a quarterback, being ranked the No. 18 pro style quarterback nationally after his senior year.  At UCLA, he played quarterback until last season, when he made the switch to tight end.  He caught a touchdown pass against Arizona.  

His uncle, Sean Moran, played in the NFL from 1996-2003, and his grandfather, Fran Lynch, played for the Denver Broncos from 1967-76.