MANHATTAN — Kansas State football player Trent Tanking is a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced Wednesday.
The Campbell Trophy is referred to as the “Academic Heisman” to recognize the best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
Tanking is a senior linebacker at K-State who began his career as a walk-on and is now a starter and team captain. The Holton native, who has a 3.633 grade point average as an industrial engineering major, is one of 181 candidates for the award, including 71 from FBS programs and six from the Big 12.
He is the fourth Wildcat in as many years to be a semifinalist joining Tyler Lockett (2014), Stanton Weber (2015) and Will Davis (2014). Lockett and Tysyn Hartman (2011) were finalists.