Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina redshirt senior offensive lineman Zach Weeks was today named a semifinalist for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy, an honor that is awarded to the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation by the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame. Fidelity Investments is a proud partner of the Campbell Trophy®.

Weeks is among a list of 179 semifinalists for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy®. He is on the list with two other Southern Conference players including Alex Trotter from Chattanooga and LeMarkus Bailey of Mercer.

Weeks is the eighth Catamount football player to be a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy all-time and looks to join former WCU offensive lineman Jason Whaley as the program’s only finalist all-time. This year marks the sixth consecutive year that WCU has had a semifinalist.

The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 31, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 60th NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 4, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. Live during the event, one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 29th William V. Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards 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 or 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 athletics administrators.

Voted a team captain by his teammates prior to the season, Weeks is a four-year starter having started 10-or-more games each year since his redshirt freshman season. Named to the 2015 SoCon Freshman All-SoCon team, Weeks was a part of paving the way for former tailback Detrez Newsome’s three-consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in 2015, 2016, and 2017 – the first and only Catamount tailback to accomplish the feat. Prior to the 2018 season, Weeks was named a first-team All-SoCon selection and collected third-team All-America honors from STATS FCS.

Off the field, the Bryson City, N.C., native has been active with his Catamount football teammates as a volunteer with Jackson County Special Olympics as well as with the Jackson County health fair

Majoring in criminal justice with a minor in emergency and disaster management, Weeks boasts a cumulative grade point average of 3.646. He is a four-time SoCon Academic Honor Roll recipient and a three-time Fall Academic All-SoCon honoree. He has been selected to the Dean’s List five times and has twice garnered Chancellor’s List recognition.

Western Carolina (3-0, 1-0 SoCon) travels to Greenville, S.C., to face the Furman Paladins (0-3, 0-1 SoCon) this Saturday in Southern Conference play. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 pm. Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network with a 1:00 pm air time. Fans can also see the broadcast locally on the Carolina’s CW62 with an online stream through ESPN+ (subscription required).


Western Carolina’s Campbell Trophy All-time Semifinalists:

2000 – Caesar Campana, WR

2003 – Jason Whaley, OL (Campbell Finalist and NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award Recipient)

2013 – Clark Sechrest, K

2014 – Richard Sigmon, K

2015 – Darius Ramsey, RB

2016 – Fred Payne, DB

2017 – A.J. Newman, LB

2018 – Zach Weeks, OL