Overholt named semifinalist for National Scholar-Athlete Award

BREVARD, N.C. – Senior slot back and kickoff return specialist Andre Overholt has been named a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, presented to college football’s premier scholar-athlete by the National Football Foundation.

Overholt was one of 167 semifinalists and will now await the announcement of up to 16 finalists on October 30. All finalists will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and be honored at a banquet on December 9 in New York City. The winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy, chosen from among the finalists, will be announced at the banquet and receive $25,000 toward his postgraduate work.

“Andre is one of the finest young men I’ve ever had the chance to coach,” said head coach Paul Hamilton. “He sets a standard for all of Brevard College and contributes as much to this football team as any guy we’ve had play here. He runs, blocks, and catches, and he does all the little things to make him one of the best players in the SAC.”

Through the first three games of the 2014 season, Overholt has been one of Brevard’s key contributors out of the Tornados’ option rushing attack. He has gained 103 yards on the ground for an average of 4.7 yards per carry and is Brevard’s leading receiver with three catches for 72 yards. He is also averaging 21.9 yards per kick return. Overholt ranks first in Brevard history with 3,541 all-purpose yards and is second all-time with 1,881 kick return yards.

Nominees for the National Scholar-Athlete Awards must be a significant contributor to their team in their final year of playing eligibility. They must also have a 3.2 GPA or higher and demonstrate strong leadership and citizenship. Student-athletes in all three NCAA divisions as well as from the NAIA are eligible for the award and are nominated by their institutions, which are allowed one nominee each.

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