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Utah QB Drew Lisk, USU’s Chase Nelson Named Semifinalists For William V. Campbell Trophy

Utah Utes quarterback Drew Lisk is tackled by Idaho State Bengals defensive lineman Gilbert Varela (98) during NCAA football in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Utes quarterback Drew Lisk and Utah State’s Chase Nelson were named semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy.

The William V. Campbell Trophy has 199 semifinalists, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for their combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership. The National Football Foundation (NFF) will announce the finalists in November, and each of the finalists will receive $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2020 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class with one winner of the 31st Campbell Trophy.

Each nominee must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.20, have outstanding football ability and has demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

Drew Lisk

Lisk graduated with a degree in kinesiology in the spring and will pursue a Master’s of Science in finance. The Jordan High School graduate was a walk-on in 2016 before being awarded a scholarship in 2018.

“Drew is a great leader in the Utah football program,” offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Andy Ludwig said. “His work ethic, intelligence, and competitiveness sets the standard on the football field and in the classroom.”

Chase Nelson

Nelson had season-ending shoulder surgery on August 24, one week after the Mountain West Conference announced all fall sports would be canceled or postponed. A major in human biology with a minor in chemistry, Nelson is on track to graduate in December and applied to medical school in July.

Over the last two seasons, Nelson played in 26 games for the Aggies, recording 7 tackles while playing on special teams in 2019.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.

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