The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) has announced its 156 semifinalists for the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments. The Campbell Trophy is recognized as college football’s premier scholar-athlete award. The 156 individuals come from all divisions of college football. University of Wyoming senior center Chase Roullier is one of the individuals nominated for this year’s award.
Roullier is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at UW and is on schedule to graduate in December 2016. He has achieved a 3.206 cumulative grade-point average. Roullier is a native of Savage, Minn.
Earlier this year, Roullier was named to both the 2016 Outland Trophy Award Watch List and the 2016 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. He was named a Second Team All-Mountain West selection as a junior in voting by conference head coaches and media. MW media also voted him as a 2016 Preseason First Team All-Conference selection. He has started 32 of 38 career games he has played in at Wyoming, and has been voted a team captain by his teammates each of the last two seasons.
Roullier is a three-time Academic All-Mountain West Conference selection in 2013, ’14 and ‘15. He earned Dean’s List Fall Semester 2012, Dean’s List Spring Semester 2013, Dean’s List Fall Semester 2015 and was the 2013 UW Football Team Scholar-Athlete Award Recipient.
Roullier has been involved with a number of community service projects. In May 2014 and May 2015, he traveled to Haiti to honor the memory of fallen football teammate Ruben Narcisse. Roullier helped conduct sports camps and assisted the local church of Ruben’s Narcisse’s father Lyonel Narcisse in rebuilding efforts in Haiti. Roullier was also part of a UW group that worked with another ministry, Love a Child, which reaches out to Haiti’s most vulnerable youth through a variety of ministries including an orphanage, rural outreach programs, food distribution, medical care and a soccer league ministry. Through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Roullier has been involved in Hoops Day and Youth Activities. He is a member of the University of Wyoming FCA Leadership Team and was a Huddle Leader for the FCA Next Level Retreat in the Spring of 2016.
From the original list of 156 semifinalists, 12 to 14 finalists will be named on Nov. 1 to the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. Each finalist will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. Those finalists for the 2016 Campbell Award will travel to New York City for the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 6. The winner of the Campbell Award will be announced at the NFF Awards Dinner and will receive an additional $7,000 in scholarship money to increase his overall postgraduate scholarship to $25,000.
The Campbell Trophy is named for Bill Campbell, who was chairman of Intuit and was a former player and coach at Columbia University. Campbell was honored in 2004 as the recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal. The Campbell Trophy, which is displayed at its home in the New York Athletic Club, is a 25-pound bronze trophy. This year’s postgraduate scholarships will push the program’s all-time distribution to more than $11.1 million.
“These 156 impressive candidates truly represent the scholar-athlete ideal,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, whose sons Peyton (Campbell Trophy winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. “It is important for us to showcase their success on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. This year’s semifinalists further illustrate the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders.”
The 156 semifinalists for the 2016 Campbell Trophy have achieved a number of impressive accomplishments already in their careers, including: a combined average gpa of 3.63; 72 All-Conference selections; 20 Academic All-America honors; and 13 All-America selections.
This year’s semifinalists are represented by all divisions of college football. Roullier is one of 66 nominees from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), and is one of 91 team captains nominated. There are 36 nominations from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), 17 from NCAA Division II, 33 from NCAA Division III and four from the NAIA. There are 67 offensive nominees, 68 defensive nominees and 21 special teams nominees.
“The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees, as well as their schools and coaches on their tremendous accomplishments,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are extremely proud to highlight each semifinalist’s achievements, showcasing their ability to balance academics and athletics at the highest level. The NFF Awards Committee will have an incredibly difficult task in selecting the finalists from this outstanding group of candidates.”
To be nominated by their schools, candidates must meet the following requirements: be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility; have achieved a cumulative gpa of 3.2 or better on a 4.0 scale; have outstanding football ability; and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The Scholar-Athlete class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is made up of nationally-recognized media members, College Football Hall of Fame members and athletics administrators.
In 2011, the NFF and Fidelity Investments launched a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. As part of the initiative, Fidelity became the first presenting sponsor of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program. In 2014, Fidelity became the presenting sponsor of the Campbell Trophy. Fidelity also helped launch the NFF Faculty Salutes, which recognize the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives at each of the institutions with an NFF National Scholar-Athlete. As part of the initiative, the NFF presents each of the faculty representatives with a plaque, and Fidelity donates $5,000 for the academic support services at each school with a total of $380,000 distributed from 2011-15.