Donnie Smith, Director of Athletic Communications
IRVING, Texas – Southeastern University has a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy Presented by Mazda for just the second time in program history.
Senior safety Cory Rahman was one of 199 semifinalists for the 2020 award that recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance, and exemplary leadership.
A four-year starter, Rahman became the program’s all-time leader in interceptions in the first game of his senior season and has a pick in both games this year. The two-time All-Mid-South Sun Division performer is also a two-year captain and is fourth all-time in program history in total tackles.
Just nine of the semifinalists are NAIA players with the vast majority playing at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level.
In November, the NFF will announce a list of 12-to-14 finalists that will receive an 18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the National Scholar-Athlete Class. Later, one member will be declared the Campbell Trophy winner and will have their postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000 and will receive the 25-pound bronze statue.