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UVA’s Micah Kiser becomes second Cavalier to win ‘Academic Heisman’

December 6, 2017 GMT

Micah Kiser flew to New York on Monday for the Campbell Trophy. He’s not leaving the Big Apple empty handed.

Virginia’s senior linebacker was named the winner of the award, commonly referred to as the academic Heisman, becoming just the second Cavalier to win it.

“Just going to UVA and having the opportunities I’ve had at a great school like that is just taking advantage of the opportunities that are provided to you. And being a student-athlete like myself, you’d got to use football as a platform. And I used it to get me in the University of Virginia, opportunity to get two degrees, opportunity to go to the NFL, and then opportunity to set myself up 40 years down the line with such a great education and then being able to meet so many different people through the experience of football. So just using my platform, being able to use your own platform and really taking advantage of the opportunities that the world can provide to you if you go out there and you take it.”

Kiser, an All-American and three-year starter, leads the ACC with 134 tackles this season. In his career, he has 400 tackles and 19 sacks.

The Maryland native played through a number of nagging injuries, including a knee injury this season, and had surgery on his right thumb Friday. He is expected to play in the team’s Military Bowl game against Navy on Nov. 28 wearing a protective cast.

Kiser was one of 13 finalists, a group that also included Miami wide receiver Braxton Berrios. The other finalists were Carnegie Mellon’s Sam Benger, Boise State’s Mason Hampton, Northwestern’s Justin Jackson, Jacksonville State’s Justin Lea, Oklahoma State’s Brad Lundblade, Slippery Rock’s Marcus Martin, Nebraska’s Chris Weber and South Dakota State’s Jake Wieneke.

Kiser joins Tom Burns, the 1993 Campbell Trophy recipient, as the only U.Va. players to win the honor.