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Arias Named Semifinalist For William V. Campbell Trophy

Sep 29, 2022

BOULDER—Senior Daniel Arias is one of 156 Semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, college football's premiere scholar-athlete award. 

The award is celebrating its 33rd 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 on Oct. 26 and each 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.

Launched in 1959, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards Presented by Fidelity Investments celebrate their 64th year in 2022. The awards were the first initiative in history to grant postgraduate scholarships based on both a player's academic and athletic accomplishments, and the NFF has recognized 891 outstanding individuals since the program's inception. This year's postgraduate scholarships will push the program's all-time distribution to more than $12.3 million.

The Campbell Trophy® was first awarded in 1990, adding to the program's prestige. Past recipients include two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, two Heisman Trophy winners and seven first-round NFL draft picks. Named in honor of the late Bill Campbell, the trophy has been prominently displayed inside its official home at the New York Athletic Club since 2013, and the winner is honored each year during a special reception at the storied venue.

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. 

Arias is one of 93 players on the list that have already earned an undergraduate degree.  Arias graduated in May 2022 with a degree in Stretegic Communication and a minor in Communication.  He has been named to the Colorado Chapter of the NFF's All-Academic team four times, including three first-team mentions, and has been on the Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll each of the past two seasons.  

A native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Arias leads the Buffs in receiving this season with 13 catches for 206 yards, and in his career now has 41 catches for 630 yards and four touchdowns.  

CU's 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.