Kansas State senior defensive back Tysyn Hartman was named a semifinalist for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, The National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame (NFF) has announced.
A two-time captain for the Wildcats, Hartman is one of 127 candidates for the trophy overall, including one of 47 from FBS institutions and one of five Big 12 players. His candidacy marks the third-straight year a Wildcat is up for the award after Jeron Mastrud in 2009 and Corey Adams in 2010.
The Campbell Trophy is presented to the player with the best combination of academics, community service and on-field performance, thus being considered the “Academic Heisman Trophy.”
Hartman has found success on the field, in the classroom and in the community over his three-plus year career. The Wichita, Kan., product has accumulated 197 career tackles, including 86 last season to rank second on the team. He has also intercepted eight career passes and needs just one more to enter the school’s top 10 list.
A former quarterback, Hartman is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection and a two-time Academic All-District VII pick. He carries a cumulative GPA of 3.597, and is currently enrolled in graduate school after obtaining his bachelor’s degree in finance last December.
Hartman has also been a contributor in the Manhattan community as he has taken part in numerous service activities. Through his membership with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Hartman has participated in Read to Achieve, a partnership between K-State Athletics and Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School; adopt-a-family, a program through the Flint Hills Breadbasket and Salvation Army to assist families during the holiday season; Special Olympics and retirement center visitations among others.
Nominated by their schools, candidates for the award must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.
The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced on Wednesday, October 26. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy. Each member of the 2011 National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored December 6, during the 54th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria. One member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the winner of the Campbell Trophy.
Kansas State returns to the field on Saturday when the Wildcats host 15th-ranked Baylor at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Fewer than 2,000 tickets remain for the contest and can be purchased online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets, by phone at 1-800-221-CATS, or by visiting the K-State Athletics Ticket Office inside Bramlage Coliseum.
The game against the Bears, which also serves as Fort Riley Day, kicks off at 2:30 p.m., and will be televised by ABC.