September 29, 2011
2011 Season - Lee Named William V. Campbell Trophy semi-finalist
|Augustana senior quarterback and captain David Lee has become the latest example of Augustana’s ability to combine athletic prowess and academic excellence. It was announced today that he has been recognized as a semifinalist for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy by the National Football Foundation.|
Augustana senior quarterback and captain David Lee (Springfield HS, Springfield, Ill.) has become the latest example of Augustana’s ability to combine athletic prowess and academic excellence. It was announced today that he has been recognized as a semifinalist for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy by the National Football Foundation.
Lee is one of just 127 senior football players from across the nation, in all divisions, to be named as a semifinalist. Only 30 NCAA Division III student-athletes were named to the list, and Lee is the sole representative from the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW). There will be up to 16 finalists from the list selected in November, and each of the finalists will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship at the NFF’s Annual Awards Dinner on December 6th at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. One finalist will then be named as the winner of the Campbell Trophy, and will walk away with a $25,000 scholarship.
Augustana has produced four NFF finalists since 1998, more than any NCAA Division III institution. Chris Meskan was the Vikings’ first winner in 1998, followed by Mackenzie Hay in 2000, Todd Baldwin in 2002 and Blaine Westemeyer in 2009. All four of those student athletes were also Academic All-Americans and Westemeyer was named the winner of the 2009 Gagliardi Award as the NCAA Division III “Player of the Year”.
Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, semifinalists must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility. They must have a grade point average of 3.20 or better on a 4.00 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
Lee certainly fits into all of those categories.
He is in his third year as the Vikings starting quarterback, and has been highly successful in his role. Lee set Augustana records last year in single season passing yards (2,411), single game passing yardage (429), and single game completions (28). He was the CCIW leader in total offense per game last year, averaging just over 270 yards a game. He is second in career passing yards, sitting just 1,446 yards behind former NFL MVP Ken Anderson. Lee was a CCIW All-Conference 2nd team selection a year ago, and has been a multiple time member of the conference Academic All-Conference squad.
Three games into the 2011 season, Lee has completed 58 passes for 545 yards and two touchdowns. He has also run the ball 20 times for a total of 74 yards. Lee’s career numbers now sit at 4,686 passing yards on 408 completions, and 20 touchdowns. Over the course of his career, he has rushed for 638 yards on 200 attempts and 11 touchdowns.
Lee has also maintained a high level of success in the classroom, as he has compiled a 3.428 grade point average while majoring in business with concentrations in marketing, management and finance. He was a recipient of the Matt and Mindy McSparin sports internship award, as well as a Presidential scholarship. Lee has also been active in the community, participating in Athletes Giving Back, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and serves as the fundraising chairman for Camp Kesem, a camp for families that have lost parents to cancer.
The son of Stephen and the late Shirley Lee, David plans to pursue a master’s degree in either business administration or sports management following graduation.