Senior quarterback Kyle Shurmur
is one of 63 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) semifinalists for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy, the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame announced Wednesday.
The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 31, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 60th NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class.
Shurmur, who is majoring in economics and working on a dual-minor in corporate strategy and financial economics, currently boasts a 3.397 GPA. The Philadelphia, Pa., native is a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient and was named to the dean's list last fall.
Shurmur continues to rise up Vanderbilt's career passing charts and is now ranked No. 3 all-time behind school-record holder Jay Cutler (2002-05) and Greg Zolman (1998-2001) in passing yardage after throwing for 326 yards at Notre Dame. Shurmur bypassed Whit Taylor (1979-82) and Kurt Page (1981-84) on VU's career chart during the performance. Shurmur now has 6,669 passing yards and needs 1,312 yards to reach Zolman's 7,981-yard total, and 2,028 yards to top Cutler's 8,697-yard school record.
Shurmur is ranked high in virtually every Vanderbilt all-time passing category. He ranks second behind Cutler with 46 touchdown passes, is fourth with 545 pass completions and fourth with 988 pass attempts. Among the team's all-time top passers, Shurmur's 55.2 completion percentage ranks third just behind Cutler (57.2%) and Page (56.7%).
Vanderbilt has had four National Scholar Athlete Award recipients in its gridiron history. The last Commodore recipient linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer in 2002.