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UNC Football: Rolland named semifinalist for Campbell Trophy

The starting right tackle excels on and off the field.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 02 Duke’s Mayo Classic - North Carolina vs South Carolina Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame have announced that Spencer Rolland, starting right tackle for the North Carolina Tar Heels, is a semifinalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy.

According to the NFF, the Campbell Trophy “recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.”

Rolland was previously a semifinalist for the same award during his undergraduate years at Harvard. He has been honored with first-team All-Ivy League honors and was selected for the Phil Steele All-Ivy League first team. His academic achievement is recognized by his induction into the NFF Hampshire Honor Society and earning Academic All-Ivy League honors. In addition, he was a finalist for the Doris Robinson Award. His scholastic achievements have also been acknowledged by CoSIDA, earning him both Academic All-District and Academic All-American accolades.

Last season at UNC, Rolland started in 13 games as the right tackle. During his time on the field, which totaled 975 snaps, he was instrumental in supporting one of the top offenses in the country.

Beyond his contributions on the field, Rolland is deeply invested in community service. He has participated in various initiatives with organizations such as the YMCA, UNC Children’s Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, TEAM Impact, the Ronald McDonald House, and many others, demonstrating his commitment to giving back to the community.

Rolland holds a degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in astrophysics from Harvard and is currently pursuing his MBA at Carolina.

Below is the finalist information from the NFF:

The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 25, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2023 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for the 65th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Presented by Las Vegas on Dec. 5, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. Live during the event, one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 34th Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.