Hamline's John Bain (Sr., Spring Valley, Minn.) is now standing among the college football elites for 2011. Bain is one of just 30 Division III players to make it to the semfinals for the National Football Foundation's William Campbell Trophy. The award is given annually to the top scholar-athlete football player in the country. Bain, who played his high school football at tiny Grand Meadow High School, is one of only three MIAC players to make the list. Past winners of the award include Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow. The linebacker came off the mark fast, recording 10 tackles in the season opener at Pacific Lutheran.
A graduate of Grand Meadow, Minn. where he played nine-man football, Josh carries a 3.63 GPA and is majoring in Physical Education. He has an interest in coaching in the future.
The NFF awards committee will select up to 16 finalists with the results announced in a press release on Wednesday, October 26. Each recipient receives a $18,000 post graduate scholarship. They will travel to New York City December 6 for the awards dinner at the legendary Waldorf-Astoria hotel. The winner, who receives an extra $7,000 in scholarship money, is announced at the dinner.
Bain is believed to be the first Hamline player ever so honored. He was selected by a committee that is comprised of national media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.