Scholar-athlete Semifinalist Announced

University of Montana Western offensive lineman John Munger has been selected as one of the semifinalists for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy which recognizes the best scholar-athlete in the nation, the National Football Foundation recently announced.

John Munger

University of Montana Western offensive lineman John Munger has been selected as one of the semifinalists for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy which recognizes the best scholar-athlete in the nation.

Munger is a redshirt senior from Mountain View High School in Meridian, Idaho. After starting 10 games as a junior, Munger helps anchor a Montana Western offensive line that averages more than 100 rushing yards per game. The Bulldogs have allowed only 10 sacks this season, while passing for nearly 250 yards per contest.

Munger is one of only 10 athletes from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) level to be honored as a semifinalist. Athletes are nominated for the award by their schools and must meet the following criteria: be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, maintain at least a 3.20 GPA, showcase outstanding football ability and demonstrate strong leadership and citizenship.

The National Football Foundation will announce 12-14 finalists on Nov. 1, with each receiving an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. Finalists will be invited to New York City on Dec. 5 for the 60th National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner. During the ceremony, the winner will instead receive a $25,000 postgraduate scholarship.

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