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Matthew Cindric Named Campbell Trophy Semifinalist

Sep 28, 2022
Matthew Cindric has been named a semifinalist for the prestigious Campbell Trophy also known as the "Academic Heisman".

BERKELEY – Matthew Cindric was named a semifinalist for the 2022 William V. Campbell Trophy® on Wednesday the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced. Celebrating its 33rd year, the Campbell Trophy® recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.

The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 26, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2022 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for the 64th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Presented by Las Vegas on Dec. 6, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. One member of the class will be declared the winner of the 2022 Campbell Trophy® during the event and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

Schools are limited to one nominee each and candidates for the award 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.

Below are notes on Cindric with his extended bio available by clicking on his name.
Matthew Cindric, OL, 6-4, 295, R-Sr., 5th Season At Cal (Sammamish, WA/Skyline HS)
— Graduated from Cal in business administration in May of 2022 with a 3.77 GPA and is currenty enrolled in master's of eduction program with an intersection of sports in education
— Has played in 32 games with 31 starts over the past three-plus seasons with 16 starts at center and 15 starts at right guard
— Three-time member of Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll (2019-21)
— Two-time winner of Cal's Frank Schlessinger Coaches Award (2019, 2021) for outstanding athletic ability and academic success
— A preseason All-Pac-12 third-team (Athlon), fourth-team (Phil Steele) and honorable mention (Pac-12 Media) selection, as well as a member of the preseason Rimington Trophy Watch List prior to his 2022 senior campaign
— One of two Cal student-athlete representatives along with Daniel Scott at 2022 Pac-12 Football Media Day
— One of Cal's three season team captains also along with Scott and Jack Plummer for the 2022 campaign
— Started the first three games as a 2022 senior at center before moving to start at right guard for the fourth game of the season when Cal responded with seven offensive touchdowns, 49 points, 599 yards of total offense and 354 rushing yards in a 49-31 victory over Arizona
— The seven offensive touchdowns were Cal's most since, while its' 49 points were its most since a 49-7 victory at Oregon State on Oct. 20, 2018, its 599 yards of total offense a season and its 354 team rushing yards the most since running for 431 against Washington on Dec. 6, 2008
— Earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors from the league's coaches as a 2021 junior when he started 11 of 12 contests at center
— Helped Cal roll up over 500 yards of total offense in three contests as a 2021 junior (636 at Stanford, 534 vs. Sacramento State, 517 vs. Oregon State) and more than 200 yards rushing on four occasions (352 at Stanford, 255 vs. Oregon State, 246 vs. Sacramento State, 213 vs. Colorado)
— Helped Cal break a Big Game record as a 2021 junior with 636 total yards of offense that were its most since also compiling 636 in a double overtime home win over Oregon in 2016, while the Golden Bears' 352 rushing yards were their most since rushing for 431 against Washington on Dec. 6, 2008
— Helped Cal's offense score seven touchdowns against Arizona that were its most since also picking up seven against Texas on Sept. 17, 2016, while its 49 points scored were the most since a 49-7 victory at Oregon State on Oct. 20, 2018, its' 354 yards rushing the most since rushing for 381 against Washington on Nov. 15, 2003, and its 599 yards of total offense the most since picking up 636 at Stanford on Nov. 20, 2021
— Played a key role in helping Jaydn Ott rewrite much of Cal's record book with Ott's performance Saturday against Arizona when Ott rushed for 274 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries
COSIDA Academic All-District 8 selection
— Cal's 2021-22 academic year Jake Gimble Prize winner for the honor that recognizes a graduating male student-athlete for their successful integration of academic and athletic pursuits
— A member of on an offensive line that did not allow a sack and gave up only 2.0 tackles for loss (-4 yards) against Arizona last Saturday
— President of Athletes In Action who went to Croatia on organization's community service trip
— Gave Ted Talk as a participant in Cal's Cameron Institute Speaker Series
— Worked with UpCycle and Cal's Cameron Institute to lead a clothing drive
— Three-year youth coach for Next Level Flag Football on the Cal campus
— Member of the Cal Football Team Leadership Council (2019 – Current)
— Student Director of Cal's Haas School of Business Student-Athlete Mentorship Program that helps student-athletes through rigorous application process to the prestigious business school