October 30, 2019

Jordan Fuller A Finalist for 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy


Two-time captain recognized for academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership  

COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State University football safety and two-time team captain Jordan Fuller was today named a finalist for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy Presented by Mazda. The award, announced by the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame, annually recognizes the nation’s absolute best football scholar-athlete – all divisions and the NAIA – based on combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.


Fuller and the 11 other finalists will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2019 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments, and they will travel to New York City for the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 10. One member of the class will be selected the winner of the 30th William V. Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000. The event will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown.

Watch the Campbell Trophy Ceremony live on ESPN3

 Fuller, from Old Tappan (N.J.) High School, is Ohio State’s 22nd NFF National Scholar-Athlete and he is vying to become Ohio State’s third winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy, after Bobby Hoying (1995) and Craig Krenzel (2003). Only Nebraska, with 23 NFF Scholar-Athlete award winners, has more than Ohio State.


Most NFF National Scholar-Athletes

23 – Nebraska

22 – Ohio State

18 – Notre Dame

18 – Penn State

16 – Army

14 – Georgia

13 – USC

13 – Stanford

12 – Yale

11 – Texas

“The entire Ohio State football program is extremely proud of Jordan and for his family,” Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said. “He is a young man who has distinguished himself athletically, academically and leadership-wise, and I congratulate him and the 11 other outstanding student-athletes who are finalists for this most prestigious award.”

Criteria for the award is rigorous, and includes a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20, outstanding football ability, superior academic application and performance and exemplary school leadership and community citizenship. Fuller is outstanding in all four categories.

  • He carries an overall 3.601 grade point average in business marketing with an expected graduation date of this December.
  • He is only the 14th two-time team captain in school history and is leading the No. 3-ranked and undefeated Buckeyes in tackles with 41; this after consecutive seasons where he led back-to-back Big Ten Conference championship teams in tackles in 2018 and was second – by one tackle – in 2017.
  • He has earned virtually every academic award available to an undergraduate: first-team Academic All-American in 2018 (and a candidate again in 2019), second team Academic All-American in 2017, Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar in 2018, two Academic All-Big Ten Conference honors and three OSU Scholar-Athlete awards.
  • He is on the executive board for a campus organization called RAS, or redefining Athletic Standards. Among the handful of events he has helped organize and run as part of RAS include a Back-to-School Bash for local community children and a seminar titled The Buckeye Way: Sexuality, Identity and Relationships.

Fuller took part in the Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute this summer as a “Bucks Go Pro” intern with the Anomaly Sports Group. He was a sports law intern and chose that area to “better understand the business side of sports.”

He has also worked the Columbus City Schools Special Olympics and the Football Special Skills Invitational. He spoke at a Celebration for Martin Luther King in January and this summer he represented the team, along with Jonathan Cooper and K.J. Hill, at Big Ten Conference media days.

Fuller and Malik Harrison lead Ohio State (8-0 overall and 5-0 in the Big Ten East Division) with 41 tackles this season and Fuller is second on the team with two interceptions. He has played in 46 career games, started 34 times and has 203 career tackles, 5.5 tackles-for-loss, 12 total passes defensed (five interceptions and seven PBUs) and two fumble recoveries.

The 2019 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class

  • Spencer Blackburn – C, Eastern Washington (3.69 GPA majoring in economics & accounting)
  • Rodrigo Blankenship – PK, Georgia (3.71 GPA majoring in digital broadcast journalism)
  • Jordan Fuller – SAF, Ohio State (3.60 GPA majoring in business marketing)
  • Alex Goettl – LB, Minnesota State Mankato (3.93 GPA majoring in biomedical systems)
  • Justin Herbert – QB, Oregon (4.01 GPA majoring in biology)
  • Adam Holtorf – C, Kansas State (3.92 GPA majoring in agribusiness)
  • Michael Lohmeier – DE, Carnegie Mellon (PA) (4.00 GPA majoring in business administration)
  • Jordan Mack – LB, Virginia (3.47 GPA majoring in education)
  • Dante Olson – LB, Montana (3.90 GPA majoring in business administration/management)
  • Jelani Taylor – S, Cornell (3.96 GPA majoring in hotel administration)
  • Casey Toohill – LB, Stanford (3.71 GPA majoring in political science)
  • Jon Wassink – QB, Western Michigan (3.96 GPA majoring in accounting)

Ohio State’s 22 NFF National Scholar-Athletes

  • 2019     Jordan Fuller
  • 2015     Jacoby Boren
  • 2008     Brian Robiskie
  • 2003     Craig Krenzel
  • 1999     Ahmed Plummer
  • 1996     Greg Bellisari
  • 1995     Bobby Hoying
  • 1994     Joey Galloway
  • 1992     Greg Smith
  • 1990     Greg Frey
  • 1989     Joe Staysniak
  • 1985     Mike Lanese
  • 1984     Dave Crecelius
  • 1983     John Frank
  • 1982     Joe Smith
  • 1979     Jim Laughlin
  • 1975     Brian Baschnagel
  • 1973     Randy Gradishar
  • 1970     Rex Kern
  • 1968     David Foley
  • 1965     Willard Sander
  • 1964     Arnold Chonko