Brandon Kennedy – who received his masters’ degree in Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior last December while also playing UT football – was selected as one of the 12 semi-finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, as announced by the NFF and College Hall of Fame announced Thursday. This award is like the academic Heisman for football. The trophy goes to college football’s most outstanding scholar-athlete. The finalists were selected from 199 semifinalists nationwide among all NCAA divisions. Brandon is now working on his second masters degree while he’s also shadowing UT’s Dr. Joe Whitney one day a week– he wants to be a sport psychology consultant after he graduates.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be a part of this elite fraternity as a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete,” Kennedy said. “Coming to college in 2015 to now getting three degrees, it was a challenge but worth it every step of the way. It’s something I worked really hard at. I am just very proud to represent the University of Tennessee and our team. I am grateful to the National Football Foundation Awards Committee for selecting me as part of this great class.”
Kennedy is the first Vol to be named an NFF National-Scholar Athlete since Michael Munoz in 2004. “Brandon is the epitome of what it means to be a student-athlete,” Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt said. “His leadership on and off the field have been invaluable to our program. I am excited that his hard work has been rewarded with the prestigious honor of being a Campbell Trophy finalist.”
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