E.A. Sports Today

Holcombe up for award

By East Alabama Sports Today

Max Holcombe, a senior center on Jacksonville State’s offensive line, is one of three semifinalists from the Ohio Valley Conference up for the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced today.

Holcombe is one of 167 semifinalists nationwide up for the award, 37 from the Football Championship Subdivision.

The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation, and up to 16 of the candidates will be named recipients. The recipients will be announced Oct. 30, with the overall winner of the Campbell Trophy announced Dec. 9 at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner.

The recipients receive an $18,000 scholarships, with a $25,000 award going to the Campbell Trophy winner.

“These 167 impressive candidates truly represent the scholar-athlete ideal,” NFF Chairman Archie Manning said in a news release. “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.”

Candidates must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

The 167 nominees carry an average GPA of 3.65.

The other OVC candidates are Ben Campbell (Austin Peay) and Caleb Watkins (Eastern Kentucky). Other in-state nominees include Arie Kauandjio (Alabama), Edward Mosley (Alabama State) and Jesse Kelley (South Alabama).

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