Tight end Erik Krommenhoek has been nominated as USC’s best senior scholar-athlete and named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy. The Trophy is in its 31st season and is awarded by the National Football Foundation to the nation’s top senior scholar-athlete.
A school is limited to just one nominee and those selected as semifinalists must be a senior with a GPA of at least a 3.2 and combine “outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor” and have shown to be strong contributors outside the classroom and football field as well.
Krommenhoek, a senior tight end from Danville, California, has 15 receptions for 139 yards in his career, including 11 for 122 yards last season. Following the 2019 season, Krommenhoek earned USC’s Bob Chandler Award, given to the underclassman with outstanding athletic ability, academic achievement and character.
There were an all-time record 199 semifinalists announced for the Campbell Award this year and that group will be shrunk to 12-14 finalists chosen in November. Each of those will receiver an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. Ultimately, the winner’s postgraduate scholarship will be increased to $25,000.
USC has never had a Campbell Trophy winner, while the Pac-12 has three recipients all time, including last year’s winner, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert. Colorado’s Jim Hansen won in 1992 and Cal’s Alex Mack won in 2008. Some notable names to take home the award include Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel, Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning, Marshall quarterback Chad Pennington and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.