Campbell tight end Michael Wooten of Princeton, NC is one of 185 semifinalists for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy Presented by Mazda.
Celebrating its 30th year in 2019, the award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 30, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2019 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10, 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 30th Campbell Trophy Presented by Mazda and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.
The group includes 71 nominees from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), 39 from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), 19 from NCAA Division II, 49 from NCAA Division III and seven from the NAIA.
So far this season, the redshirt senior has started all three of CU’s games at tight end, extending his start streak to 24 games. Wooten was a Big South All-Academic Team member in 2018, also garnering Phil Steele Second Team Big South All-Conference honors. Named 2019 Preseason All-Big South, Wooten totaled 13 catches for 73 yards last season.
Wooten is a kinesiology major (pre-physical therapy), set to graduate from Campbell in December 2019. He is a 2014 graduate of Princeton High School and was the quarterback for the Bulldogs his senior year when they went deep in the state playoffs.
Michael is the son of Mike and Paula Wooten of Princeton. He has a sister, Meredith. Michael is also active at the Princeton Church of God.