Virginia senior inside linebacker Micah Kiser has been named a finalist for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy, announced today (Nov. 1) by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. The award recognizes an individual as the best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Selected from a nationwide pool of 181 semifinalists from among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA, Kiser is one of 13 finalists for the award.
The recipient of the Campbell Trophy will also be honored at the NFF Board of Directors meeting and at a reception hosted by its official home, the New York Athletic Club, on Wednesday, Dec. 6. He will then fly to Atlanta to be recognized during The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN at the College Football Hall of Fame on Dec. 7. Finally, as part of the NFF’s partnership with the College Football Playoff (CFP), the Campbell Trophy winner will return to Atlanta to be recognized on the field during the CFP National Championship on Jan. 8, 2018.
Already in 2017 Kiser has been named a midseason second-team All-American by the Associated Press and is a semifinalist for the Butkus Award and a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. Earlier this season Kiser was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week for his game against UConn when he recorded 15 tackles (seven solo), had two quarterback sacks and recovered one fumble at Virginia’s own goal line to help the Cavaliers defeat the Huskies, 38-18.
Through UVA’s first eight games, Kiser is second in the ACC defensive rankings with 9.9 tackles per game, trailing only teammate Quin Blanding. That ranks him No. 12 in the nation in that category. Kiser’s five sacks leads all ACC linebackers.