Hampton Named Campbell Trophy Finalist
Nov. 1, 2017

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    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State redshirt senior center Mason Hampton was named a member of the 2017 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Class and one of 13 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, Wednesday morning. As part of being selected to the Scholar-Athlete Class, Hampton will receive an $18,000 scholarship for his postgraduate education.

    The William V. Campbell Trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Hampton, an accountancy major at Boise State, owns a cumulative grade-point average of 3.97 and in 2016 was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Football Team, the first Bronco to be named to the first team since Nate Potter in 2011. Hampton is also a three-time member of the Academic All-Mountain West Team (2014-16) and a three-time recipient of the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award (2015-17).

    He, along with the rest of the 13-man Scholar-Athlete class which spans all NCAA divisions and the NAIA, will be honored at the 60th Annuall NFF Awards Dinner on Dec. 5 in New York City, where the recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy will be announced. The recipient will have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

    On the field, Hampton, Boise State's starting center for the past two seasons, has racked up an equal amount of honors. This season, despite missing a game due to injury, Hampton has been named a candidate for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the top center in the nation. He has been a major factor in the progress of Boise State's young offensive line, which has helped sophomore running back Alexander Mattison to 100-yard performances in three of the Broncos' last four games. He was also voted to the Preseason All-Mountain West Team in late July.

    After stepping into the starting center role for the Broncos in 2016, Hampton started all 11 games in which he appeared and was named All-Mountain West honorable mention. Last season, the Meridian native anchored a Bronco line that paved the way for the Mountain West's top offense at 472.8 yards per game, and helped produce the eighth-straight 1,000-yard rushing season by a Bronco running back as Doak Walker semifinalist Jeremy McNichols piled up 1,709 yards on the ground, sixth-most in the FBS.

    Boise State (6-2, 4-0 MW) puts its unbeaten Mountain West mark on the line this Saturday, hosting Nevada (1-7, 1-3 MW) for a 5 p.m. kickoff at Albertsons Stadium.

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