*From Troy Media Relations*
TROY, Ala. – Troy senior kicker Will Scott has been named a National Football Foundation (NFF) Scholar-Athlete Award candidate and semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the top scholar-athlete in the nation.
Scott is among 170 national candidates, including just 54 from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), vying for the NFF’s Scholar-Athlete Awards. Candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least a 3.2, possess outstanding football ability as a first-team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 honorees with each receiving an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship and one being named the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy. The 16 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, Oct. 31.
Scott, who currently has a 3.68 GPA in biomedical sciences, is third in the Sun Belt in kicking scoring with 33 points (6.6 points per game), going 21-for-22 on PAT’s and 4-for-6 on field goals. On the punting side, Scott is third in the conference with a 44.4-yard average and a long punt of 56 yards.
The native of Lucedale, Miss., was 17-for-21 last season for the Trojans and connected on his final 12 attempts of the season to tie the Troy record for consecutive makes. Scott also set a new Troy record as he booted a 52-yard field goal at Florida Atlantic to surpass Ted Clem's 50-yard field goal to win the 1984 national championship as the longest in school history.
Scott tied a Troy single-game record with four field goals against Arkansas State and kicked a game-winning 42-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining against FIU. Scott, who was 4-of-5 from 40-49 yards out, finished the 2012 season with the third most made field goals and third-best field goal percentage in school history.
Troy hosts South Alabama on Saturday at noon in Veterans Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised live on the Sun Belt Network (CSS/CST).