Andy Flusche Named Campbell Trophy Semifinalist
Senior Defensive End Up For Top Scholar-Athlete In Nation
IRVING – North Texas redshirt senior defensive lineman Andy Flusche was named a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy Wednesday, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced. Flusche is one of 181 student-athletes vying for the coveted award.
Flusche, who was named to the Wuerffel Award Watch List prior to the season and was honored along with six other Texas collegiate scholar-athletes by the National Football Foundation (NFF) Gridiron Club of Dallas Chapter, boasts a 3.27 grade-point-average with numerous Dean’s List appearances and is the first North Texas football player to graduate with an allied health kinesiology degree. He is also now pursuing a degree in criminal justice.
The Muenster, Texas, native is a key fixture along the Mean Green’s defensive line. Flusche played in all 13 games for North Texas last season, including the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl and has appeared in all four games in 2017, posting one sack and 10 total tackles. Throughout his career in Denton, Flusche has made 35 appearances, posting 55 total tackles and 3.5 sacks.
In addition to his success in the classroom, as well as on the field, Flusche is also a huge part of the Denton community. He is involved with several community outreach activities through the North Texas football program. He routinely visits local elementary schools to read to students, has worked with Salvation Army and the Denton Food pantry to help provide food and other goods to those in need and captained the softball team that plays the Robson Ranch community team each spring.
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Nov. 1, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. Live during the event, one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 28th William V. Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.
“These 181 impressive candidates truly represent the scholar-athlete ideal,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning whose sons Peyton (Campbell Trophy® winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. “It is important for us to showcase their success on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. This year’s semifinalists further illustrate the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders.”
Named in honor of the late Bill Campbell, former chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal, the Campbell Trophy® is a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient’s grant by $7,000 for a total postgraduate scholarship of $25,000, which is endowed by HealthSouth. This year’s postgraduate scholarships will push the program’s all-time distribution to more than $11.3 million. Since 2013, the Campbell Trophy® has been prominently displayed inside its official home at the New York Athletic Club.
“The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees as well as their schools and coaches on their tremendous accomplishments,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are extremely proud to highlight each semifinalist’s achievements, showcasing their ability to balance academics and athletics at the highest level. The NFF Awards Committee will have an incredibly difficult task in selecting the finalists from this outstanding group of candidates.”
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 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.
2017 NFF WILLIAM V. CAMPBELL TROPHY® SEMIFINALISTS NOTES
• 59th Year of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Program
• 181 Nominations
• 3.59 Average GPA
• 8 Nominees with a perfect 4.0 GPA
• 40 Nominees with a 3.8 GPA or better
• 60 Nominees with a 3.7 GPA or Better
• 27 Academic All-America Selections
• 114 Captains
• 76 All-Conference Picks
• 19 All-Americans
• 10 Members of the 2017 AFCA Good Works Team
• 71 Nominees from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)
• 37 Nominees from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS)
• 30 Nominees from NCAA Division II
• 33 Nominees from NCAA Division III
• 10 Nominees from the NAIA
• 102 Offensive Players
• 67 Defensive Players
• 12 Special Teams Players