Kinville Among Nation's Top Football Scholar-Athletes

Oct. 1, 2014

By Andy Sneddon,

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan tight end Mike Kinville has been named as a semifinalist for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy.

The award, which is selected by the National Football Foundation, goes to college football's premier scholar-athlete. Candidates must be a senior or a graduate student in his final year of eligibility, maintain a grade point average of 3.2 or above, be a starter or a significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

The awards committee comprises College Football Hall of Famers, athletics administrators, and media members.

"It is a real honor," said Kinville, a graduate student working toward his master's in sports administration who carries a 3.65 GPA. "I've always prided myself on doing things right -- being on time, staying after, doing the best I can, and with my grades.

"I think staying after it academically helps you on the field, and vice versa. Because when your life's right off the field, your life's right on the field. I think it's really important to stay after it in school."

Kinville is one of 167 nominees. On Oct. 30, 16 of those 167 will named as NFF Scholar-Athlete Award winners and will receive $18,000 earmarked for postgraduate education.

The Campbell Trophy winner, who receives a postgraduate scholarship of $25,000, will be announced on Dec. 9 at the 57th annual National Football Foundation Awards Dinner at the New York Athletic Club.

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