IRVING, Texas – Bucknell's Mark Pyles was named a semifinalist for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy®, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced Wednesday.
Pyles was among 181 semifinalists, which included 37 from FCS programs. Pyles and Lehigh's Jimmy Mitchell were the lone Patriot League student-athletes among the semifinalists.
One of only nine Bison to serve as team captain more than once, Pyles is a two-time All-Patriot League selection. In 2015, he finished fifth in the Patriot League with a team-best 95 tackles. This season, he currently ranks second among Bison with 30 tackles, a team-high 3.5 of which were for a loss.
Pyles enters Saturday's game against Monmouth with 188 tackles (107 solo) in 35 career games. He has started 24 contests, including the past 13 in a row at Sam linebacker.
This Campbell Trophy is awarded to the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.The NFF will announce 12 to 14 finalists on Nov. 1, and each will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5. During the event, one member of the class will be declared the winner of the 28th William V. Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.