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Penn State standout and former Canisius High School football star John Urschel of Williamsville received the prestigious William V. Campbell Trophy on Tuesday night during the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame’s 56th annual celebration of college football in New York.

The award is given to the nation’s premier college football Scholar-Athlete.

Urschel is the first Penn State student-athlete to win the award, which was first presented in 1990. A two-time first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American, Urschel will receive a total of $25,000 for post-graduate work.

“Words cannot describe how much this means to me,” said Urschel, who has a 4.0 grade-point average. “I want to thank the National Football Foundation and, in particular, Archie Manning and Steve Hatchell. I want to thank my coaches, teammates and fans for their love and support while at Penn State. I am grateful for playing in front of 108,000 fans; the best fans in college football.”