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Missouri’s Matt Hoch, K-State’s Tyler Lockett are semifinalists for Campbell Trophy

K-State wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) dives for an over-thrown Jake Waters pass in the 2nd quarter last week in Manhattan. Auburn defensive back Derrick Moncrief (24) defends on the play.(September 18, 2014)
K-State wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) dives for an over-thrown Jake Waters pass in the 2nd quarter last week in Manhattan. Auburn defensive back Derrick Moncrief (24) defends on the play.(September 18, 2014) The Wichita Eagle

Missouri senior defensive tackle Matt Hoch and Kansas State senior wide receiver Tyler Lockett are among the 62 Football Bowl Subdivision semifinalists for the Campbell Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation’s best football scholar-athlete.

Up to 16 candidates also will receive the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Award.

Hoch, a native of Harlan, Iowa, graduated in August with a bachelor’s degree in middle school education. He finished with a 3.97 grade-point average. He has started 27 games with the Tigers during the last three seasons and has appeared in 39 games since 2011.

Lockett, from Tulsa, Okla., has a 3.242 GPA in business management and was academic all-Big 12 in 2013. He is also a member of K-State’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He is on pace to break the Wildcats’ career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdown records.

Semifinalists are nominated by their schools.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility with at least a 3.2 grade-point average. Each player also must be a starter or regular contributor with demonstrated leadership and citizenship skills.

Scholar-Athlete Award recipients, which will be announced Oct. 30, will receive an $18,000 scholarship for post-graduate studies.

The Campbell Trophy winner will be chosen from among that group during the 57th Annual National Football Foundation Awards Dinner on Dec. 9 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

Missouri State’s Caleb Schaffitzel is among 37 nominees from the Football Championship Subdivision. Pittsburg State’s Keeston Terry, a Blue Springs graduate, is among 25 NCAA Division II nominees.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @todpalmer.

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