WVU’s Mahone named to prestigious NFF varsity team
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – That Big Striptease Sean Mahone done on TCU wide receiver Quentin Johnston who drove critical fourth-quarter turnovers in last Saturday’s 29-17 win at TCU didn’t happen by accident.
It takes someone with a lot of intelligence and moxie to make a piece like this – both Sean Mahone possesses in abundance!
Earlier today, Mahone’s tremendous work in the classroom, on the football field and in the community was recognized by the National Football Foundation when he was named one of 13 finalists for the William V. Campbell Award, awarded annually to college football‘s most outstanding researcher. -athlete.
This is considered the first varsity athlete prize, and the 13 finalists represent the who’s who of college football today and the who’s who of society tomorrow.
âI was shocked and excited when I found out about this,â Mahone admitted. “I am very proud to have been able to be selected for the National Football Foundation Fellowship team and to have my name associated with it means a lot.”
President of the University of West Virginia E. Gordon Gee and Director of Athletics Shane Lyon were in practice last week to congratulate Sean on being named to the NFF scholarship squad.
âAs a university president, it goes without saying that academic excellence is something very important to me,â Gee told Mahone and his teammates. âAs much as I love watching the Mountaineers succeed on the pitch, it’s important to take the time to recognize when someone is successful off the pitch. Earning a spot on this team is one of the most sought-after honors and the most sought after. most prestigious in college football. “
âIt means a lot to our athletics department that Sean is selected for this prestigious team,â added Lyons. “It shows how important it is to be a great student and an exceptional athlete. We are so happy and proud of Sean, and it’s great to see all of his hard work being recognized.”
The current list of 13 has been reduced to 176 semifinalists nationwide among all divisions of the NCAA and NAIA. The finalists were selected on the basis of their academic achievement, football performance and exemplary leadership.
This group has a cumulative grade point average of 3.77; all 13 are team captains, eight are already college graduates, including Mahone, and eight have achieved Academic All-America status, which also includes Mahone.
Schools are only allowed to submit one nominee, and Campbell Trophy nominees must be a senior or graduate student in their last season of college eligibility, have at least a GPA of 3.2 on a scale of 4.0, have exceptional football skills and demonstrate strong leadership. and civic qualities.
Sean Mahone definitely checks all of these boxes.
âSean is the true definition of a mountaineer and has been disciplined to do the things necessary to be successful on and off the pitch,â West Virginia coach Neal brown noted. “It’s a real testament to the type of student-athlete Sean has been in his career.”
The Liberty Township, Ohio resident graduated magna cum laude with a 3.6 GPA in Management Information Systems in 2020, but what sets him apart as one of the top college football athletes. of the country is that he completed his MBA with a 3.7 GPA even before entering the field for his final season.
âI thank our academic advisers Brittney (O’Dell) and Zach (Seger),â said Mahone. âThey do a great job of helping us manage our school and football schedules. They organize us for everything and when it’s football time I play football and when it is home time. ‘school, I do my schoolwork. The most important thing is to do it. in advance so that it does not accumulate. “
Sean said the importance of academics was impressed on him from an early age by his parents, William and Kim Mahone, and reinforced when he began to excel in athletics at Lakota West High. Seeing some of the older players on his high school squad overlooked by larger college programs due to their poor grades, Mahone realized he didn’t want to suffer the same fate.
âAs I grew up, I would kind of finish school and get by,â Mahone admitted. “But I started to realize later, when it was time to go to college, that not everyone had the chance to play at Division I level. My thing is, I have to do well in school because football doesn’t last forever. “
Mahone was a second-team All-America academy pick in 2020, and his Mountaineer playing career so far has included 192 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, six broken assists, three interceptions and two sacks over the past five seasons. .
The 6-foot, 200-pound safety will play its 50e college game this Saturday afternoon where the Mountaineers will face 22sdState of Iowa classified.
In terms of community service, Mahone is one of the leaders of the team responsibility that has made numerous visits to the WVU Children’s Hospital. He also wrote personalized notes and created cheering videos for local elementary school students, as well as residents of homes for the aged when the country shut down during the peak of the pandemic last spring.
He also served as a mentor for the “Big Brothers” initiative and participated in cleanup efforts throughout the city.
The 13 Campbell Trophy finalists will receive an $ 18,000 graduate scholarship as a member of the 2021 National Football Foundation College Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments, and will be recognized at the awards dinner annual NFF in Las Vegas.
The 2021 Campbell Trophy recipient will be honored at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN on Thursday, December 9 and attend a luncheon at the New York Athletic Club in downtown New York on Monday, December 13.
Finally, the recipient of the Campbell Trophy will be recognized on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium during the National College Football Playoff Championship game on Monday, January 10, 2022.
The National Football Foundation has been selecting varsity athletic teams since 1959 and has awarded the Campbell Trophy, named in honor of Columbia star player Bill Campbell, since 1990.
Mahone becomes only the seventh West Virginia University football player named to the NFF varsity team, joining quarterbacks Oliver Luck (1981) and Jeff Hostetler (1983), center Eric de Groh (1998), offensive lineman Jeff Berk (2004) and linebackers Jay Henry (2004) and Reed Williams (2009).
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