Oct. 3, 2013
DALLAS, Texas -
Lamar senior Kollin Kahler has been a semifinalist for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy announced the National Football Foundation Wednesday afternoon. Kahler is one of 170 nominees from schools at the NCAA Divisions I (FBS and FCS), II, III and NAIA levels. The 170 nominations are a record number of candidates for the Campbell Trophy since the minimum grade-point average was increased in 2006.
Kahler is one of only 46 candidates at the NCAA Division FCS level, and one of only three Southland Conference selections. He is also one of only 20 special teams players named to the semifinalist list.
""The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees as well as their schools on this tremendous honor," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "We are extremely proud to highlight each semifinalist's achievements, which show that football players can balance between academics and athletics at the highest level. There is no question that the NFF Awards Committee will have an incredibly difficult task in selecting the finalists from among this esteemed group."
A four-year letterwinner, and a member of the inaugural class that helped resurrect the Lamar football program, Kahler enter the season as one of the nation's top returning punters. Kahler was named preseason first-team All-SLC, becoming the first Lamar player to receive preseason first-team honors since bringing back the program. Currently the school's all-time punt average leader, Kahler was also named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Punter Award Watch List prior to the season.
Kahler finished his junior campaign ranked fourth in the conference in punting (41.5) which is the fifth-best single-season mark in school history. Following the season Kahler received CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-District and Academic All-Southland Conference honors, while being named to the 2013 FCS ADA Academic All-Star team. This coming on the heels of a sophomore season that saw him earn honorable mention All-Southland Conference honors.
Each institution is limited to one nomination, and candidates must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility. In addition, all nominated student-athletes must maintain at least a 3.2 GPA, have outstanding football ability and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 finalists, and the results will be announced via a national press release Thursday, Oct. 31. The Campbell Trophy winner will be announced at the 56th Annual NFF Awards Dinner.