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.
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.
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
Ohio State’s 22 NFF National Scholar-Athletes