IRVING, Texas – Senior linebacker Ashton Leschke of the Stevenson University football team is one of 179 semifinalists across all levels of college football for the 2018 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame William V. Campbell Trophy. The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 31, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 60th NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 4, 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 29th William V. Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.
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 playing 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.
Leschke is a two-time Middle Atlantic Conference All-Conference selection at linebacker, earning First Team honors in 2016 and Second Team accolades in 2017. He is one of 41 NCAA Division III nominees for the award. This season, he leads the Mustangs with 33 total tackles and was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Week this week along with being selected to the D3football.com Team of the Week.
Off the field, Leschke, a Biology major, is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection. He is serving as a team captain in 2018 and is member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and College Republicans on campus. Leschke also volunteers at Baltimore's Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital as a recreational volunteer with children.