UK's MacGinnis a semifinalist for prestigious student-athlete award

Jeff Drummond, Managing Editor
Cats Illustrated

Senior kicker nominated for Campbell Award based on this football performance, academic record and community service. 

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Kentucky senior kicker Austin MacGinnis has been named a semifinalist for the 2017 Campbell Award honoring the nation's top football scholar-athlete.

MacGinnis, a four-year starter and the Wildcats' new all-time leader in field goals, needs just 13 points to become the program's career scoring leader. Lones Seiber currently holds the record with 305 points scored from 2006-09.

Earlier this season, the Alabama native was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week and earned one of three "Stars of the Week” from the Lou Groza Award.

Off the field, MacGinnis also excels in the classroom. He graduated in May of 2017 from the Gatton College of Business and Economics with a degree in finance. He is currently working on a master’s of science degree in finance with a projected graduation date of May of 2018.

He is a four-time member of the Gatton College of Business Honor Roll, a three-time Southeastern Conference Honor Roll member and a three-time member of the UK Athletics Director’s Honor Roll, earning the highest grade point average on the football team for a given semester.

MacGinnis has also been active in community service projects, including visiting with sick children at Wolfson Children's Hospital at the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, participating in a one-week service/educational trip to Ethiopia in 2015, as well as volunteering time to the Special Olympics and Lifehouse Ministries.

Named in honor of the late Bill Campbell, former chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal, the Campbell Trophy® increases the amount of the recipient’s grant by $7,000 for a total postgraduate scholarship of $25,000, which is endowed by HealthSouth.

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards 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 NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Nov. 1.

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