Pitt center Jimmy Morrissey has been named his team’s nominee for the William V. Campbell Trophy.
The Campbell Trophy is given annually by the National Football Foundation for the player with the best combination of academics and on-field performance. The trophy is named for William Campbell a former player and coach at Columbia University. It is the most prestigious academic award in college football.
Morrissey, a redshirt senior center from Huntington Valley, Pa., is entering his fourth season as Pitt’s starting center and is coming off two straight All-ACC selections. He started all 13 games in 2019 and in total, Morrissey has started 36 games since the 2017 season.
A former walk-on out of La Salle College High School, Morrissey earned a scholarship while earning the starting center job after his first season at Pitt, when he redshirted.
In the classroom, Morrissey has a cumulative 3.42 GPA and has been named to the ACC all-academic team three straight seasons. He was named a team captain as a redshirt junior in 2019.
No Pitt player has even won the award, which has been given out since 1990. Oregon quarterback Justin Hebert won the trophy last season.