University of Virginia Cavaliers
Kiser earned the Campbell Trophy (academic Heisman) in his senior season at the University of Virginia. He was a Sporting News All-American and All-ACC first team and CBS Scholar Athlete of the Year. Kiser earned the Dudley Award as the best Division I collegiate athlete in Virginia, the Virginia SID Association Defensive Player of the Year and the Touchdown Club of Richmond’s Linebacker of the Year.
• 2017 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy winner as the nation’s top football scholar-athlete
• Designated as the only on-field presentation during the College Football Playoff National
Championship game for receiving the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy
• Honored at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show and chosen as a feature interview for
receiving the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy
• Member of the 2017 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class
• 2017 Sporting News First-Team All-American
• 2017 Walter Camp Second-Team All-American
• 2017 Football Writers Association of America Second-Team All-American
• 2017 USA Today Second-Team All-American
• 2017 Associated Press Third-Team All-American
• 2017 CBS Sports Second-Team All-American
• 2017 SB Nation Second-Team All-American
• 2017 Phil Steele Second-Team All-American
• 2017 College Football News Second-Team All-American
• 2017 All-ACC First-Team Linebacker (third consecutive year)
• 2017 All-ACC Academic Team (third consecutive year)
• First player in University of Virginia history to be a three-time recipient of first-team All-ACC accolades
and All-ACC Academic honors in the same season.
• 2017 CBS Scholar Athlete of the Year
• 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District (second consecutive year)
• Boasts a perfect 4.0 GPA while working on his master's degree in higher education
• Led the entire Atlantic Coastal Conference in tackles
• Led team in tackles for the third-straight year (145 total this year)
• Second player in ACC history to lead conference in tackles three-straight years
• 2017 Dudley Award winner as the best Division I collegiate athlete in Virginia
• 2017 Touchdown Club of Richmond’s Linebacker of the Year (second consecutive year)
• 2017 Virginia Sports Information Directors Association Defensive Player of the Year
• 2017 Senior Class Award First Team
• 2017 Butkus Award Semifinalist
• 2017 Lott IMPACT Trophy Finalist
• 2017 Bobby Bowden Award Finalist
• 2017 Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Semifinalist
• 2017 Team Captain (second consecutive year)
• Finished collegiate career at No. 5 on the Cavalier's all-time career tackles list (411)
• Finished No. 10 all-time in career quarterback sacks (19)
• Led Cavaliers to their first bowl game since 2011
• Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 17)
• Two-time ACC Linebacker of the Week (Sept. 18, Nov. 6)
• Two-time Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week (Sept. 19, Nov. 6)
• Started all 13 games in 2017 (played with various injuries the entire season)
• Invited to play in the 2018 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama
Described by Virginia teammate Andre Levrone as “a man of character,” Micah Kiser is the epitome of the student-athlete. Kiser was recognized by his community, coaches and teammates for his actions following the Charlottesville riots in 2017. After witnessing the events on the Virginia campus involving white-nationalists, Kiser spread messages to his teammates and the Virginia community. His messages contained the values of equality, love, understanding and progression. The Virginia Cavaliers football team participated in a candle-lit vigil along with thousands of students and community members as a symbol of unity.
He shared a text message with the director of football performance who was so moved by the message that he allowed Kiser to address the team verbally in a team meeting. Kiser said, “Who better than us to show what appropriate, authentic, sincere and productive behavior looks like?” Football has played a major role into Kiser’s development as a person of character, which he feels the world could use to become a better place. “I always say if the world was like a football team, we would be better off. A collection of people from all over the country from different backgrounds… if we can show what we can do together, then that’s a beacon of light for the community and an example for other people to follow,” Kiser said.
An extraordinary leader for the Cavalier football team, Kiser was selected as a two-time team captain. His leadership, character and academic success, combined with his willingness to serve the community earned Kiser numerous opportunities to be recognized this award season. Micah was named to the Senior Class First Team, Lott IMPACT Trophy finalist, Bobby Bowden Award finalist, and Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year semifinalist. Each one these awards exemplifies a student-athlete that goes above and beyond the game of football and truly makes difference on the field, in the classroom and within the community.
Virginia football team responds to Kiser winning an NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award: https://twitter.com/VirginiaSports/status/925829656724480000
Kiser accepts the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy:
Kiser Profiled as the CBS Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Most Important Accomplishment:
In 2017, Kiser was named the 28th recipient of the National Football Foundation's William V. Campbell Trophy, which annually recognizes one football player as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance, and exemplary community leadership and citizenship.
As a three-year consecutive First-Team All-ACC linebacker and two-year captain, Kiser has been the undisputed leader of the Cavaliers during his tenure in Charlottesville. He led the conference in tackles for three consecutive seasons, joining former Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly as the only two players to accomplish that feat. Kiser left his mark in the Virginia record books as he is ranked No. 5 all-time in career tackles with 411, and No. 10 all-time in career quarterback sacks with 19. This season, Kiser was named a First Team All-American by The Sporting News and garnered several other All-America accolades by the Associated Press, FWAA and Walter Camp to name a few. He was also named the 2017 Touchdown Club of Richmond’s Linebacker of the Year, and the 2017 Dudley Award winner awarded to the top Division I player in the state of Virginia. He received weekly honors as a Walter Camp Player of the Week, two-time ACC Linebacker of the Week and two-time Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week. Kiser was named a finalist for the Senior Class Award, Lott Impact Trophy and Bobby Bowden Award.
Equally impressive in the classroom, Kiser was named to the All-ACC Academic team for the third year in a row. He is the first player in Virginia history to be a three-time recipient of First Team All-ACC accolades and All-ACC Academic honors in the same season. A 2016 Academic All-American, Kiser claimed his second Academic All-District honor in 2017 and was named the CBS Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Kiser graduated with a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs in May 2017 while boasting a 3.42 GPA. He currently maintains a 4.0 GPA while working toward his master’s in higher education.
Kiser earned a $25,000 postgraduate scholarship as the recipient of the Campbell Trophy, winning the award over other renowned players like Justin Jackson (Northwestern) and Braxton Berrios (Miami, Fla). Kiser finds himself in good company, joining previous Sullivan Award winners Peyton Manning (1997), Tim Tebow (2007), Andrew Rodriguez (2011) and John Urschel (2013) as winners of the Campbell Trophy.
“Micah Kiser’s exceptional accomplishments on and off the field rank him among the best student-athletes in the history of our sport, making him the ideal Campbell Trophy recipient,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “He truly embodies the scholar-athlete ideal and we are proud to have him as a member of this elite fraternity. He stands as the perfect example for the next generation to emulate.”