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Rutgers’ Noah Vedral named semifinalist for Campbell Trophy

The graduate student has excelled on and off the field for the Scarlet Knights.

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Rutgers quarterback Noah Vedral was announced as a 2021 semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy on Wednesday, which is awarded to college football’s top scholar-athlete. The annual award is given by the National Football Foundation. Criteria includes combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.

Vedral completed his undergraduate degree in communications studies with a 3.96 GPA at Nebraska and currently holds a perfect 4.0 GPA as a graduate student at Rutgers. He is studying for a master’s degree in communication, information and media.

The senior captain is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

On the field this season, Vedral has completed 76 of 112 passes for a 67.9 completion percentage, which ranks 4th in the Big Ten and 28th nationally. He has also thrown for 762 yards, 5 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Vedral has been a class act since coming to Rutgers and has been a great leader for the program, on and off the field.

The NFF will announce 12-to-14 finalists in late October. Each finalist receives a $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2021 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. The winner of the Campbell Trophy earns a postgraduate scholarship of $25,000.

Former Rutgers great Brian Leonard earned this award in 2006 back when it was named the Vincent DePaul Draddy Trophy.