IRVING, Texas | The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the 176 semifinalists for the 2021 William V. Campbell Trophy®, college football’s premier scholar-athlete award.
Alabama State senior long snapper Luke Barnes (Tempe, Ariz.) is part of that list, becoming the second consecutive Hornet announced as a semifinalist after Ezra Gray (Lynn Haven, Fla.) became a finalist for the award last season. He is part of a list that boasts an impressive 3.66 average GPA, with more than two-thirds of the semifinalists having already earned their bachelor’s degree.
Barnes earned his bachelor’s degree from Alabama State in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice/Political Science with a 4.0 grade point average, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He is currently working towards his Master of Accountancy at Alabama State where he is an eight-time member of the Dean’s List, while also being a recipient of the President’s Award.
He is in his third season at Alabama State playing under Donald Hill-Eley and has zero errors on punt and field goal/point after attempt (PAT) snaps. Barnes is a two-time all-conference selection, two-time All-American, and has been named Special Teams Player of the Week. He has also recorded three tackles on punts.
Off the field, Barnes is a member of the Leadership Council and is on the committee for the Blockchain Think Tank Group (2021). He also serves at local churches, volunteers at youth group events, and is a volunteer coach with middle school and high school student-athletes.
Barnes was married in May 2020 to Hannah Barnes.
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on October 27, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2021 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to the ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas for the 63rd NFF Annual Awards Dinner Presented by Las Vegas on December 7, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports.
Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates 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 of significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers, and athletic administrators.
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