Of local note: Menlo grad up for prestigious football honor

Menlo School grad Jack Heneghan was named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy on Wednesday. Photo tweeted by Dartmouth Football.

Menlo School grad Jack Heneghan, a senior quarterback at Dartmouth, is one of 181 football athletes named to the semifinal list of the William V. Campbell Trophy, awarded to the top scholar-athlete in the nation by the National Football Foundation.

Stanford's David Bright is also on the list. The 181 players come from all levels of college football, both NCAA and NAIA, with 71 coming from the FBS and 37 more from the FCS, including seven Ivy Leaguers.

David Bright
The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Nov. 1, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments.

The finalists will travel to New York City for the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports.

During the event, the winner will be announced and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

Heneghan entered his senior year with a 3.79 GPA. He is currently among the top 10 Big Green players in both passing yards (2,982, ninth) and total yardage (3,283, eighth), and has won six of the 11 games he has started behind center, including the first two this season.

Two of his six victories have come against ranked opponents: New Hampshire last year, and Holy Cross in overtime last week.

Last year, Heneghan led the Ancient Eight in passing yards and was an FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star.

"These 181 impressive candidates truly represent the scholar-athlete ideal," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. "It is important for us to showcase their success on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. This year's semifinalists further illustrate the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders."

The trophy is named for Bill Campbell, who became one of the most influential business leaders, playing critical roles in the success of high tech companies.

The captain of the 1961 Columbia Ivy League championship team, he found his true calling after an unlikely career change at age 39 from football coach to advertising executive.

His ability to recruit, develop, and manage talented executives, lessons learned on the gridiron, proved to be a critical component of his ability to inspire his business teams to the highest levels of success.

Later, Campbell was driven by a heartfelt desire to give back, and he quietly donated to multiple charities while also finding an hour and a half each fall weekday to coach an eighth-grade boys and girls flag-football team near his home in Palo Alto. Campbell passed away April 18, 2016, at the age of 75.

Men's tennis

Stanford senior Tom Fawcett's first Challenger victory was noteworthy. He defeated the top seed and 92nd-ranked Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the $100,000 Tiburon Challenger on Tuesday.

Fawcett lost his match Wednesday morning to Canadian Frank Dancevic, 6-3, 6-4. who advances to the quarterfinals.

The 33-year-old Dancevic is a former top-70 player, reaching a career-best ranking of 65 in 2007.

For more, visit Paul Bauman's blog.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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