Thursday, September 26, 2019

Lycoming Football - Botts a Campbell Trophy semifinalist

#57 Sr OL Cody Botts moving in on a block for Warriors running back. / John Green Photo
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Senior offensive lineman Cody Botts (Millmont, Pa./Mifflinburg) was announced as a candidate for the National Football Foundation's National Scholar-Athlete Awards, making him one of the semifinalists for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Mazda, the organization officially announced on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

#57 Sr OL Cody Botts - Lycoming Co-captain. / John Green Photo
Botts has started 23 straight games for the Warrior as a left tackle, helping lead the team to a 5-6 season and a berth in the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series in 2018 after finishing tied for fourth in the conference. The history major has made three straight appearances on the MAC Academic Honor Roll and two straight appearances on both the Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and the Academic All-MAC team.

A team captain, Botts has also been named to the college’s Dean’s List in all six semesters he has been enrolled. He was inducted into both the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society. He has volunteered with the football team in the Favors Forward Spring Cleanup in each of the last three years and participated in a Montoursville Elementary School Reading Program as a sophomore.

#57 Sr OL Cody Botts against Widener. / John Green Photo
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 30, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2019 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. Live during the event, one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 30th Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

#57 Sr OL Cody Botts against Susquehanna. / John Green Photo
Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.

Named in honor of the late Bill Campbell, former chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal, the Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda is a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient's grant by $7,000 for a total postgraduate scholarship of $25,000. This year's postgraduate scholarships will push the program's all-time distribution to more than $11.7 million.

#57 Sr OL Cody Botts against Susquehanna. / John Green Photo
The Warriors get back on the field on Saturday, Sept. 28, when they head to King’s for a 1 p.m. Middle Atlantic Conference game.

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