Jacom Brimhall has always done things to the fullest.
Whether it was when he was lining up as No. 24 in the Mountain View backfield, on his mission in Mexico City, walking on at Arizona State and in the classroom, Brimhall has been successful.
Now he is being recognized for it as the Arizona State senior running back and special teams player has been listed as a semifinalist for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday.
The annual trophy recognizes the top football scholar-athlete in the nation.
Brimhall earned his undergraduate degree in exercise and welllness in May in less than four years and is in graduate school.
After walking on in 2014, Brimhall earned a scholarship in 2015 to become a valued member of the Sun Devil offense and special teams.
“Throughout life it seems like everyone is kind of bringing you down,” Jacom told the State Press. “But if you stay focused on yourself, stay focused on your goals, set those goals high, then if you believe in yourself then anything is possible.”
Brimhall rushed for 3,119 yards and 35 touchdowns at Mountain View his last two seasons.
The Campbell Trophy is reserved for candidates who 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.
“These 181 impressive candidates truly represent the scholar-athlete ideal,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, whose sons Peyton (Campbell Trophy winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. “It is important for us to showcase their success on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. This year’s semifinalists further illustrate the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders.”
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Nov. 1, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments.
The finalists will travel to New York City for the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, 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 28th William V. Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.