MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior center Adam Holtorf is one of 71 FBS players and 185 from all NCAA divisions and the NAIA to be named a semifinalist for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy, the National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame (NFF) announced Wednesday. The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
A native of Seward, Nebraska, Holtorf is the sixth Wildcat semifinalist for the award in as many years, joining Tyler Lockett (2014), Stanton Weber (2015), Will Davis (2016), Trent Tanking (2017) and Dalton Risner (2018). Lockett, Risner and Tysyn Hartman (2011) were all named finalists for the award.
“These 185 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. “For more than 60 years, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete program has showcased more than 800 college football players who have been successful on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. And we are excited to celebrate the 30th year of the William V. Campbell Trophy, which honors the best of the best. This year’s semifinalists further illustrate the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders.”
The William V. Campbell Trophy criteria states a player must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2, have outstanding football ability and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
A career 28-game starter, Holtorf earned 2018 First Team Academic All-America honors in addition to First Team Academic All-Big 12 accolades for a second-straight season. Holtorf, who earned his bachelor’s degree in agribusiness in December 2018, completed his undergraduate work with a 3.916 GPA. He was one of four Wildcats that were nominated for Academic All-Big 12 honors last year with a perfect 4.0 GPA, while he also earned Second Team Academic All-America honors as a sophomore in 2017.
On the field, Holtorf has helped the 22nd-ranked Wildcat start the 2019 season with a 3-0 record as they rank seventh nationally in rushing (280.0 yards per game), 13th in scoring (44.0 points per game) and fourth in third-down offense (57.9%). Off the field, Holtorf has participated in Cats in the Classroom, Senior Cats and Special Olympics among other community-service initiatives.
No. 22 Kansas State travels to Oklahoma State on Saturday for a 6 p.m., game that will be shown on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. The Wildcats return home for a three-game homestand that begins on October 5 against Baylor. That game kicks at 2:30 p.m., and will be shown on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.