NEW YORK—Columbia senior quarterback Anders Hill was named one of 37 Football Championship Subdivision semifinalists for the National Football Foundation’s 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments. The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation.
In leading Columbia to its first 2-0 start to a season in 11 years, Hill has thrown five touchdowns while completing 32 of 56 passes for 357 yards and 178.5 yards passing per game. He has also been responsible for 65 percent (463 of 712) of Columbia’s total offensive yards. Against Georgetown on Sept. 23, Hill threw for a career-high four touchdowns and completed 20 of 35 passes for 158 yards. In the season opener against Wagner, Hill guided the Lions downfield for a last-second, game-winning field goal, totaled 78 percent of the Lions’ total offensive yards, rushed for a career-high 89 yards and threw for 189 yards on 12 completions. Prior to the season, the political science major was elected by his teammates as one of four team captains. He is a Boulder, Colo. native.
Over his 23-game, 10-start, four-year career, Hill has thrown for 2,562 yards and 16 touchdowns and completed 52.8 percent of his passes (225 of 426). He has also rushed for 528 yards and three touchdowns on 207 carries.
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on November 1 and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 5, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. Live during the event, one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 28th William V. Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.
Named in honor of the late Bill Campbell ‘62CC, ‘64TC, former chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal, the Campbell Trophy® is a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient’s grant by $7,000 for a total postgraduate scholarship of $25,000, which is endowed by HealthSouth. This year’s postgraduate scholarships will push the program’s all-time distribution to more than $11.3 million. Since 2013, the Campbell Trophy® has been prominently displayed inside its official home at the New York Athletic Club
“The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees as well as their schools and coaches on their tremendous accomplishments,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are extremely proud to highlight each semifinalist’s achievements, showcasing their ability to balance 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.” 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 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. 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.