Mountain West Football 2019
SDSU tight end Parker Houston. Photo credit:

The National Football Foundation named San Diego State tight end Parker Houston a semifinalist for a prestigious honor for athletes who also excel off the field.

The Campbell Trophy recognizes combined academic success, football performance and leadership.

Houston, along with six others, represents the Mountain West conference among the semi-finalists.

Despite an injury, Houston made four catches for 25 yards this season for the 3-1 Aztecs.

The senior also has been named to two awards watch lists – for the Mackey Award and Wuerffel Trophy.

The Mackey honors outstanding collegiate tight ends, while the Wuerffel honors community service, athletic and academic achievement.

To be eligible, players must be seniors or graduate students in their final year of eligibility with a GPA of at least 3.2. They must also show outstanding football ability and strong leadership and citizenship.

The award, named for the late Bill Campbell, a former player and head coach at Columbia University, will be presented to one of up to 14 finalists. The foundation will reveal the winner at a December awards dinner.

San Diego State, idle this week, returns to action Saturday at Colorado State.

– Staff reports