Brad Lundblade Honored in New York as Finalist for William V. Campbell Trophy

Written by Kyle Porter

Brad Lundblade has spent his first post-2017 football season week in New York as a finalist for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy which awards “the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.”

Lundblade did not win the award, Micah Kiser from Virginia did, but Lundblade still received a $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, spoke on a panel and got to attend a dinner with Peyton Manning.

Here’s a look at the finalists.

Scholar-Athlete Position School GPA Major
Sam Benger RB Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) 3.67 Business Administration
Braxton Berrios WR Miami (Fla.) 3.96 Finance & Entrepreneurship
Mason Hampton C Boise State 3.97 Accounting
Justin Jackson RB Northwestern 3.23 Economics
Micah Kiser LB Virginia 3.42 Foreign Affairs
Justin Lea OL Jacksonville State 3.92 Emergency MGMT & Geography
Brad Lundblade C Oklahoma State 3.88 Marketing
Marcus Martin DE Slippery Rock (Pa.) 3.56 Safety Management
Chandon Sullivan S Georgia State 3.84 Journalism
Blaise Taylor CB Arkansas State 3.84 Business Administration
Marlon Walls S Stephen F. Austin 4 Engineering Physics
Chris Weber LB Nebraska 3.96 Nutrition Science
Jake Wieneke WR South Dakota State 3.63 Physical/Teacher Education

“I actually had 11 Division I scholarship offers coming out of high school,” Lundblade said when he was asked about walking on at Oklahoma State.

“But I decided to walk on because Oklahoma State was my dream school and I really wanted to play there. It’s been a great journey. It took a lot of hard work. Coming in as a walk-on, you kind of start out at the bottom.

“It was definitely a process, climbed my way up. But I had some great guys ahead of me, some great seniors when I first came in who kind of showed me the ropes and helped me grow into that position. And it has been a great ride, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Lundblade has, of course, been a four-year starter alongside Mason Rudolph and will leave Stillwater as one of the winningest Oklahoma State players ever. He’s target No. 1 for us after the season for our podcast, as I think he’s one of the more intriguing players on this year’s team.

He was also asked this week about what it’s like to be a walk-on and why he spurned 11 offers to go to Stillwater, USA for his education.

“As a walk-on, I think one of the things that has to drive you is just a love for football,” said Lundblade. “You’re not on scholarship. You weren’t recruited. And, like I said, you kind of start out at the bottom. Starting out as a walk-on, it’s really just that fuel of loving football that drives you. And a lot of times I started out on scout teams. So for me those days are hard because you’re not playing.

“You’re just giving — you’re giving the starters looks. And you’re not getting playing time on game day. So I would say just a love for the game is important for walk-ons because those days are hard. And there’s a lot of days where you work and you grind on scout team and it’s not easy. But just a love for the game and love for teammates I’d say is the thing that always fueled me.”

Great stuff from one of the good ones to come through Oklahoma State in recent memory.

  • GeoPoke

    Speaking of podcasts, could that be something you also list on your site? Like the FB schedules, could you provide a table of guests you’ve had so we can kind of play along at home to see which former players have been on? Hell, make this another bingo card thingy and let us play along throughout the years.

  • Michael H

    How about Marlon Walls from SFA with his 4.0 GPA in engineering physics. Talk about putting your scholarship to good use.

    • Timothy Nettlebottom

      No kidding. He is the only one on the entire list with a real degree and having the only 4.0 and playing football all in a semester.

      • johnb

        Finance, Accounting, and Economics are also “real degrees”

        • J Jay Herring

          Especially from places like Northwestern and Carnegie Mellon.

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