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Eli Turner Jr. Named Semifinalist for 2021 William V. Campbell Trophy®

by | Oct 6, 2021

Eli Turner Jr. has a new honor to add to his list of accomplishments.


DAVIDSON, N.C. – The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced their list of semifinalists for college football’s premier scholar-athlete award, the 2021 William V. Campbell Trophy® and Davidson football slot receiver Eli Turner, Jr. is one of them.

“From day one Eli has been instrumental in the building of our Davidson football program,” head coach Scott Abell said. “His work ethic, talent and competitive drive are unmatched. Eli turner is a game changer on and off the field.”

The Campbell Trophy® is celebrating its 32nd year or recognizing an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.

Slots coach Austin Eisenhofer echoed Abell’s statement. “Eli is a special person that has been a leader for our Slot room and our program for multiple years.  He is extremely deserving of any accolades he garners, always doing things the right way and to the best of his ability in all avenues,” he said.

“These 176 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.

“For more than 60 years, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards have honored more than 800 college football players who have been successful on the football field, in the classroom and as leaders in the community. And we are excited to celebrate the 32nd year of the Campbell Trophy®, which honors the best of the best. This year’s semifinalists further illustrate the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders.”

The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 27, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2021 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to the ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas for the 63rd NFF Annual Awards Dinner Presented by Las Vegas on Dec. 7, 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 32nd Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

Click this link to view all 176 semifinalists and the full release. 

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