Mark Murphy named a finalist for Campbell Trophy

Indiana safety Mark Murphy received some good news Thursday morning when the National Football Foundation selected Murphy as a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, awarded to the nation’s best scholar-athlete.

Murphy is among 17 honorees in the 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete class, who will travel to New York City to be honored on Dec. 9 during the annual awards dinner at the Waldorf Astoria. Murphy, who has a 3.85 grade point average in informatics, will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship.

“I feel honored,” Murphy said this week about being a contender. “It represents IU well and not only what we do on the field here, but academically with the great resources we have.”

Murphy is IU’s fifth National Scholar-Athlete, joining Ben Chappell (2010), Kevin Speer (1980), Charles Thomson (1971) and Harry Gonso (1969).

He is one of 30 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award and was a candidate for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Murphy became the ninth Hoosier all-time to earn Capital One Academic All-America honors last season.

“President (Michael) McRobbie is an informatics guy, so I’m sure he’s digging that,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said this week.