Duke linebacker David Helton was named the 25th recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy at the 57th National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner on Monday in New York City.
The Campbell Trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership. The award comes with a 24-inch, 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 postgraduate scholarship.
Helton is a 2014 first-team Academic All-American and two-time first-team Academic All-District selection. He has maintained a 3.64 GPA while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in theater. His numerous ACC accolades include the 2014 Jim Tatum Award as the top senior football student-athlete in the conference, a three-time Academic All-ACC selection and a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., Helton has played a key role in Duke’s defense, collecting honors as a first-team All-ACC selection in 2014 and leading the conference in tackles in both his junior and senior seasons. In 2014, he has amassed 125 tackles, including 5 tackles for loss. In 2013, he totaled 133 tackles, including 4 tackles for loss. He now ranks 10th in Duke history with 338 career tackles, and he has four career sacks and 14 career tackles for loss.
Duke: Four members of the volleyball team earned All-East Coast Region honors as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Senior Jeme Obeime, junior Emily Sklar and senior Kelsey Williams were named to the all-region team while sophomore Sasha Karelov was tabbed honorable mention.
N.C. State: Coming off a strong showing at the prestigious Cliff Keen Invitational last weekend, the Wolfpack is ranked No. 18 nationally according to FloWrestling and No. 21 in the USA Today /NWCA Division I Coaches Poll.
Duke: The Blue Devils have been been selected No. 6 in Inside Lacrosse’s 2015 Face-Off Yearbook preseason rankings. Duke is coming off of the program’s 17th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance in 2014.
Maryland, the 2014 NCAA champion, headlines the Division I preseason poll, followed by North Carolina, Florida, Syracuse and Virginia. Six ACC squads are ranked inside the top 10, including Boston College at No. 7 and Notre Dame at No. 9. Ten opponents on the Blue Devils’ 2015 schedule appear in the initial top 20 rankings.