Wingate's Zack Singleton is semi-finalist for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy
9/27/2017 | Football
Irving, Texas----Wingate University senior linebacker Zack Singleton (Germanton, N.C.) is one of 181 semi-finalists for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments. Sponsored by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF), the award is college football's premier scholar-athlete recognition (complete release).
"This nomination is a tremendous honor," Singleton says. "I am proud to represent my team and university for such an award! I am forever grateful to the individuals who made this nomination possible."
ZACK SINGLETON QUICK FACTS
-The WU team captain and South Stokes High School graduate has 23 tackles, four tackles for loss, three pass break-ups and three passes defended for the 4-0 Bulldogs.
-In the classroom, the Academic All-America candidate has a 3.902 GPA with his Community and Commercial Recreation major and Exercise Science minor.
-In 2016, Singleton was named All-SAC as he led the 'Dogs in total tackles with 63. He won the Charlotte Touchdown Scholarship and earned a spot on the Academic All-Super Region 2 team (selected by CoSIDA) and SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll.
>In 2015, Singleton did not participate (injury), serving as a student assistant coach for the Bulldogs.
The National Football Foundation (NFF) will select 12-14 finalists, who will each receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and vie for college football's premier scholar-athlete award.
CAMPBELL TROPHY FUN FACTS
-Singleton is one of two semi-finalists from the South Atlantic Conference. The other is Newberry senior offensive lineman Dakota Mozingo (Rock Hill, S.C.). All total, 30 student-athletes were nominated from NCAA Division II schools.
-Legendary NFL and NCAA quarterback Archie Manning is NFF chairman. His son Peyton won The William V. Campbell Trophy during his University of Tennessee career (1997).
-Eight nominees have a perfect 4.000 GPA, while 40 nominees (including Singleton) have a 3.800 GPA (or better).
-Duke's David Helton (2014) is the most recent Campbell Trophy winner from an N.C. college or university.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
Wingate University head football coach Joe Reich: "Zack Singleton is one of, if not the most, focused players I have ever been around (17 seasons at Wingate, etc.). He is 'All In' with anything he does whether this is on the field or in the classroom. He has been a tremendous leader in our program and his intensity definitely has a great effect on our team."
Wingate defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Rashaan Jordan: "Zack Singleton has been a tremendous asset to me as a coach. The year he spent working with the coaching staff (2015 season) has given Zack a great insight into the game from a players' and coaches' perspective.
"Zack has used this experience to be an extra set of eyes on the practice field and a mentor for our younger players. He's also been a terrific player on the field. He's a proven player and rarely if ever makes the big error. He has had as fine of a career as any defender I've coached in the WU program."
Wingate run game coordinator/offensive line coach/academic coordinator Greg Keziah: "Zack Singleton has always been a very driven and self-motivated young man. Throughout his career, both as a player and as a student assistant, Zack has always placed a very high emphasis on his academics. It has always been clear through Zack's work ethic he puts a high value on earning a college degree and being a successful young man."
Wingate Assistant Professor, Dept. of Religion and Philosophy Dr. Catherine Wright: "Even though many of the students in my GPS 310 Ethics class were good students, Zack Singleton set himself apart by engaging with complex ethical issues with diligence, compassion and care...what truly delineates him as a scholar in my mind was how he cared about his peers in the class and worked to help them understand the more challenging concepts of the course. His energy, patience and enthusiasm was contagious...he was a significant contributor to this class."
ABOUT WINGATE UNIVERSITY
Wingate University, consistently ranked as a top 10 "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,600 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 35 minors, 12 career concentrations, nine pre-professional programs, master's degrees in accounting, business, education, physician assistant studies and sport management and doctorates in education, pharmacy and physical therapy.
With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. To view current news, video and story ideas, visit www.youtube.com/wingateuniversity.
In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past 11 years. For more information, go to www.wingate.edu.
Wingate is first among NCAA Division II Academic All-America-producing colleges in the 2000's with 96 selections. Among North Carolina's colleges and universities, Wingate is number one in this millennium with 96 Academic All-America honorees. Wingate is tops among all SAC schools with 105 lifetime Academic All-America picks. For more information on WU athletics, go to www.wingatebulldogs.com.
ABOUT FIDELITY INVESTMENTS
Fidelity's mission is to inspire better futures and deliver better outcomes for the customers and businesses we serve. With assets under administration of $6.4 trillion, including managed assets of $2.3 trillion as of August 31, 2017, we focus on meeting the unique needs of a diverse set of customers: helping more than 26 million people invest their own life savings, 23,000 businesses manage employee benefit programs, as well as providing more than 12,500 financial advisory firms with investment and technology solutions to invest their own clients' money. Privately held for 70 years, Fidelity employs more than 40,000 associates who are focused on the long-term success of our customers. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit https://www.fidelity.com/about.
ABOUT The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include FootballMatters.org, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour and VICIS. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARDS ASSOCIATION
The William V. Campbell Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses college football's most prestigious awards. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 23 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about our story.