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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wayne State's Faulkner named semifinalist for William V. Campbell Trophy

Wayne State reserve linebacker Matt Faulkner, a redshirt senior from Bloomfield Hills Lahser, was one of 121 players from all divisions of college football named as a semifinalist for the 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy on Thursday.

Formerly known as the Draddy Trophy, and now named after the chairman of Intuit and a former Columbia University head football coach, the award is given to the college football player with "the best combination of academics, community service and on-the-field performance. It's often referred to as the "Academic Heisman."

Nominees must be in their final year of eligibility and carry a minimum 3.2 GPA and be a significant contributor. According to the Wayne State website, Faulkner had eight tackles through the first two weeks of the season, but none since. Faulkner is a two-time GLIAC All-Academic honoree.

Finalists will be announced on Oct. 28.

Unlike many of the major college football awards — which are theoretically open to players from all divisions, but always go to D-I players — the Campbell Trophy (or Draddy) has been awarded to players from lower divisions. Along with Faulkner, there are 11 other Division II players, and 27 from Division III. Western Michigan's Phil Swanson is the only other player from a Michigan school to be named a semifinalist, however.

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