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Ohio State TE Jeremy Ruckert named semifinalist for William V. Campbell Trophy

The award is given to a senior scholar-athlete by the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame.
Credit: AP Photo/Jay LaPrete
Ohio State tight end Jeremy Ruckert plays against Oregon during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State senior tight end Jeremy Ruckert has been named one of the semifinalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy.

The award is given to a senior scholar-athlete by the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame.

A candidate must be a senior or graduate student in their final year, have a GPA of at least 3.2, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

Ruckert graduated this past August with his degree in human development and family sciences.

He has played in 38 games for the Buckeyes with nine starts.

This year, Ruckert has six receptions for 81 yards. He has 34 career receptions for 387 yards and nine touchdowns.

Ruckert is described by Reese’s Senior Bowl CEO Jim Nagy as “one of the best tight ends in a deep and talented tight end class this year. Ruckert’s aggressiveness and toughness set him apart from other tight ends.” 

The 12-14 finalists will be announced on Oct. 27 and each will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. The winner will be announced on Dec. 7.

Ohio State has 22 former NFF National Scholar-Athletes, a total that ranks second nationally.

Ohio State’s NFF Scholar-Athletes

  • 2019 – Jordan Fuller
  • 2015 – Jacoby Boren
  • 2009 – Brian Robiskie
  • 2003 – *Craig Krenzel
  • 1999 – Ahmed Plummer
  • 1996 – Greg Bellisari
  • 1995 - *Bobby Hoying
  • 1994 – Joey Galloway
  • 1992 – Greg Smith
  • 1990 – Greg Smith
  • 1989 – Joe Staysniak
  • 1995 – Mike Lanese
  • 1984 – Dave Credelius
  • 1993 – John Frank
  • 1982 – Joe Smith
  • 1979 – Jim Laughlin
  • 1975 – Brian Baschnagel
  • 1973 – Randy Gradishar
  • 1970 – Rex Kern
  • 1968 – Dave Foley
  • 1965 – Willard Sander
  • 1964 – Arnie Chonko

*William V. Campbell Trophy recipient 

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