September 25, 2014

King's Standout Dan Kempa Named a Semi-Finalist for William V. Campbell Trophy as Nation's Top Football Student-Athlete

King's senior wide receiver Dan Kempa has ben named a semi-finalist for the prestigious
(Photo Courtesy of King's Sports Information)
IRVING, Texas  – Selected as the best and brightest from the college gridiron, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) proudly announced today the 167 semifinalists for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments® and hosted at the New York Athletic Club, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014.

Dan Kempa
Among the players to reach the semi-final round is record-breaking King's College senior wide receiver Dan Kempa (Susquehanna/Blue Ridge-Susquehanna).

The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation, and up to 16 of the candidates will be named recipients of a prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award, also presented by Fidelity Investments. Launched in 1959, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete program awards $18,000 scholarships that can be used for the honorees' postgraduate educations. This year's recipients will be announced Oct. 30, and one will be declared the winner of the Campbell Trophy Dec. 9 at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner.  Players from all divisions of college football compete against one another for the award.

Named in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient's grant by $7,000 for a total post-graduate scholarship of $25,000. A total distribution of $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner, pushing the program's all-time distributions to more than $10.7 million.

Kempa is a senior member of the Monarch football team where he owns a 3.556 overall grade-point average and was a 2014 Pre-Season All-American.  Last week he broke the school career receiving yards mark of 1,965 set by Julian Walker form 2002-05. After posting 131 yards against Lycoming he now has a record 2,029 yards in his career. Kempa is also five catches away from breaking the Monarchs' career record of 117 receptions also set by Walker.

"These 167 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. "It is important for us to showcase their success on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. This year's semifinalists further illustrate the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders."


·      167 nominations
·      3.65 Average GPA Per-Player
·      44 nominees with a 3.8 GPA or better
·      97 Team Captains
·      86 All-Conference Picks
·      27 Academic All-America Selections
·      19 All-America Selections
·      62 Nominees from the Football Bowl Subdivision
·      37 Nominees from the Football Championship Subdivision
·      25 Nominees from the Division II
·      33 Nominees from the Division III
·      10 Nominees from the NAIA
·      78 Offensive Players
·      67 Defensive Players
·      22 Special Teams Players

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of 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. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.

"The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees as well as their schools and coaches on this tremendous honor," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "We are extremely proud to highlight each semifinalist's achievements, which show that football players can balance between academics and athletics at the highest level. The NFF Awards Committee will have an incredibly difficult task in selecting the finalists from this outstanding group of candidates."

The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, Oct. 30. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and hosted at the NYAC, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014. Each member of the 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored Dec. 9 during the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria 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 also be announced live at the event as the winner of the Campbell Trophy.

Launched in 1959, the NFF scholar-athlete program became the first initiative in history to award post-graduate scholarships based on both a player's academic and athletic accomplishments, and it has recognized 787 outstanding individuals since its inception. The Campbell Trophy, first awarded in 1990, adds to the program's prestige, having previously honored two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, two Heisman Trophy winners and five first-round NFL draft picks. Earlier this month, Fidelity Investments became the first presenting sponsor of the Campbell Trophy.

In 2011, the NFF and Fidelity launched a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. As part of the initiative, Fidelity became the first presenting sponsor ever in the 55-year history of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program. Fidelity also helped launch the NFF Faculty Salutes initiative, which recognizes the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives at each of the institutions with an NFF National Scholar-Athlete. As part of the initiative, the NFF will present each of the faculty representatives with a plaque and a $5,000 check from Fidelity Investments to support the academic support services for student-athletes at each school.

"We are very happy that Dan has been recognized for his efforts both in the classroom as well as the football field," said King's Sports Information Director Bob Ziadie, who nominated Kempa for the award. "He is an outstanding young man who exemplifies class, dedication, and committment. He has bee a great representative of King's College not only as a quality student-athlete, but also as a young man."

Kempa is the second Monarch football player to reach the semi-finals as he joins 2012 King's nominee Ryan Cordingly.

The past recipients of the William V. Campbell Trophy include: Air Force's Chris Howard (1990); Florida's Brad Culpepper (1991); Colorado's Jim Hansen (1992); Virginia's Thomas Burns (1993); Nebraska's Rob Zatechka (1994); Ohio State's Bobby Hoying (1995); Florida's Danny Wuerffel (1996); Tennessee's Peyton Manning (1997); Georgia's Matt Stinchcomb (1998); Marshall's Chad Pennington (1999); Nebraska's Kyle Vanden Bosch (2000); Miami (Fla.)'s Joaquin Gonzalez (2001); Washington University in St. Louis [Mo.]'s Brandon Roberts (2002); Ohio State's Craig Krenzel (2003); Tennessee's Michael Munoz (2004); LSU's Rudy Niswanger (2005); Rutgers' Brian Leonard (2006); Texas' Dallas Griffin (2007); California's Alex Mack (2008); Florida's Tim Tebow (2009); Texas' Sam Acho (2010); Army's Andrew Rodriguez (2011); Alabama's Barrett Jones (2012); and Penn State's John Urschel (2013).

Division III Players Listed as Semi-Finalists
Allegheny (Pa.) - Jesse Battaglia
Bates (Maine) - David Kurey
Bethel (Minn.) - Josh Treimer
Case Western (Ohio) - Sean Lapcevic
Concordia (Wisc.) - Austin Damaschke
Gallaudet (D.C.) - Nico Santiago
Grinnell (Iowa) - David Ternes
Hardin-Simmons (Texas) - Bryce Johnson
Heidelberg (Ohio) - Austin Hunter
Hendrix (Ark.) - Casey Caton
Hobart (N.Y.) - Troy Robinson
Hope (Mich.) - Kirby Crook
Illinois College - Michael Bates
Johns Hopkins (Md.) - Michael Longo
Juniata (Pa.) - Ethan Wilt
Kenyon (Ohio) - Nick Gasbarro
King's (Pa.) - Daniel Kempa
Lycoming (Pa.) - Craig Needhammer
Manchester (Ind.) - Collin Huffine
Monmouth (Ill.) - Jake Wilson
Mount Union (Ohio) - Kevin Burke
Northwestern-St. Paul (Minn.) - Josh Sinnen
Ohio Wesleyan - Calvin Cagney
Redlands (Calif.) - Aaron Hinkle
Rowan (N.J.) - Chris Alvarez
Saint John's (Minn.) - J.T. Ford
Trinity (Conn.) - Mike Mancini
Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) - John Wanner
Wisconsin-Eau Claire - Dalton Evertz
Wisconsin-Oshkosh - Beau Steffens
Wisconsin-Stout - Tyler Naatz
Wisconsin-Whitewater - Brady Grayvold
Wittenberg (Pa.) - Clay Mangen