IRVING, Texas – Ohio Dominican senior wide receiver Cory Contini (Dover, Ohio) was named as a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy, an award that recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
Contini is one of just 25 Division II student-athletes to be nominated for the award. The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 31, with each receiving 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 NFF Awards Dinner on Dec. 4, where one member will be declared the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy and earn a $25,000 postgraduate scholarship.
Off the field, Contini has earned a pair of CoSIDA Academic All-American and Academic All-District awards (2016-17) and was named academic all-conference each year as well. He carries a 3.9 GPA in the classroom and plans to pursue either a law degree or masters in accounting following his graduation next May.
In the community, Contini has worked with Special Olympic athletes, participated in donation drives for children going back to school and at Christmas, and volunteered at youth football, baseball and basketball camps. A member of ODU's Student Athlete Advisory Committee, he's also participated in Make A Difference Day and Panther Pride Pitch In on campus. Contini has also been an alter server at St. Joseph's Church in Dover.
On the field, Contini was named the 2017 G-MAC Offensive Back of the Year, as well as picking up a pair of First Team All-Super Region One honors. He ranked sixth in Division II last year in receiving yards per game and touchdowns and was 13th in receptions per game, with one of his catches being featured on an ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown segment.
A Second Team All-GLIAC pick in 2016, he ranked fourth in the conference that season in receptions, fifth in yards, and 10th in touchdowns.
For his career, Contini has made 169 catches for 2,609 yards and 27 touchdowns. He ranks fourth in school history in yards, fifth in receptions, and third in touchdowns.
Ohio Dominican will take on Alderson Broaddus at noon on Saturday in the Panthers' annual Homecoming game.
Contact: Scott Miles