Former Franklin Rebel and current University of Missouri senior punter Corey Fatony has been named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy.
The award recognizes an individual as the nation's absolute best football scholar-athlete.
Fatony, who is up for several other national awards, including the Ray Guy Award and the Wuerffel Trophy, has a 3.56 cumulative undergraduate GPA as a nutritional sciences major, all while continuing to be one of the nation's elite punters. He is a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and was a member of the 2015 SEC First Year Player Honor Roll as a freshman, earning the maximum academic recognition that a student-athlete can earn from the league. He was a Preseason All-SEC First Team pick and was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award a year ago, which honors the nation's top punter.
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 31, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 60th NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 4, where one member of the class will be declared the winner of the 29th William V. Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.
Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing 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.
Fatoney was a Mr. Football finalist for Kicker of the Year as a senior at Franklin in 2014.