Notre Dame Fighting Irish football player JD Bertrand is in line for one of the more impressive honors in college football.
JD Bertrand is having yet another solid season for the Notre Dame football team on the field. He’s also having another solid semester in the classroom. Both of those things have combined this fall to have the linebacker up for one of the biggest most illustrious awards in the college football world.
Bertrand, who graduated last December and is currently working toward a master’s in business analytics was named as a finalist of the William V. Campbell Trophy thanks in no small part to the fact that he’s boasting a 3.62 GPA at a school that is far from an academic pushover.
This particular trophy is awarded by the National Football Foundation to the American college football player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance.
It is considered by many to be the “Academic Heisman” and nicknamed as such.
With four games to go in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish season, Bertrand already has 52 tackles and 1.5 sacks. This campaign comes in the wake of two straight seasons of at least 80 tackles per season.
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