University of Delaware’s DE Ethan Clark Named Semifinalist for NFF William V. Campbell Trophy
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
September 27, 2012
DALLAS, Texas -- University of Delaware senior defensive end Ethan Clark (at right) has been named one of 147 finalists for the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy.
Clark, an exercise physiology major from Essex Junction, Vermont (Essex High School) was selected from nominations throughout the country and is now eligible for the Campbell Award, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Candidates must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, be a first team player, exhibit strong leadership characteristics, and carry a 3.2 or higher grade point average.
Among the former winners of the award are Tim Tebow, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, and Danny Wuerffel. The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients and the results will be announced Oct. 25. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and be eligible for the Campbell Award, which will be presented in December.
A Dean’s List student who carries a 3.66 grade point average at Delaware, Clark has earned Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll notice three times, was a Capital One/CoSIDA first team All-District 2 Academic selection in 2011, is a member of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, and won the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Elks Club Scholar-Athlete Award in 2011. He plans to attend physician’s assistant school following graduation.
On the field, Clark is a former walk-on who has earned three letters and is a second-year starter at defensive end for the nationally-ranked Blue Hens in 2012. He has started all four games so far for the 4-0 Blue Hens and recorded 10 tackles and recovered a fumble. For his career, he has played in 32 games with 20 starts and recorded 45 tackles. He played a key role for the 2010 Blue Hen team that went 12-3, captured the CAA title, led the nation in scoring defense, and advanced to the FCS national championship game.
Clark was one of 35 finalists from the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and one of only six student-athletes from the Colonial Athletic Association honored, joining Akeen Felder of Georgia State, Brian Harvey of Maine, Chris Zarkoskie of New Hampshire, Kyle Elliott of Rhode Island, and Jonathan Plisco of Old Dominion.