BV's Noble excels on field, in class
It's quite an accomplishment to maintain a 4.0 grade-point average as a full-time college student. It's even more of an accomplishment to do it for five consecutive semesters while playing college football.
It's an accomplishment achieved by very few college athletes. Berryville High School graduate Adam Noble is among them.
Noble, who on Saturday played his final game as a starting linebacker at Austin Peay State University. As a result of his success in the classroom, Noble was among 135 semifinalists for the National Football Foundation's William V. Campbell Trophy, which is presented to college football's premier scholar-athlete.
Noble was 1 of 23 Football Championship Subdivision student-athletes to be selected and the only one from the Ohio Valley Conference.
"It means a lot to get that," Noble said in a telephone interview. "It made me feel good, working hard these last four or five years, knowing that hard work of getting good grades and getting the degree I was pursuing had paid off. It was just a special accomplishment."
Without question, Noble has excelled in the classroom, but he has also been a great contributor on the football field as well. Playing in 46 games as a Governor, Noble accumulated 203 tackles, including 10.5 tackles for loss.
"I have met some awesome people and had some great coaches who have really pushed me along," Noble said. "I think I have just really matured."
Although he graduated from Berryville High School, Noble played high school football in Springfield Mo. Noble played in the secondary in high school, earning all-district honors.
During Noble's redshirt season in 2011, the Austin Peay coaching staff decided that he needed to make the transition to linebacker.
"I would love to find some film of me from that first year, because it was awful," Noble said.
Noble said that he gained about 25 pounds during his redshirt season -- despite dealing with Type 2 diabetes that required him to carefully monitor his diet.
Beginning in 2012, he started in every game of his collegiate career.
"It was really great," Noble said. "I can't thank my coaches enough. They have done a lot for me."
Noble graduated in May with a criminal justice degree with a concentration on homeland security. Noble could have gotten a job and forgotten about football, but he decided to begin graduate school and return for his senior season.
"I just wanted to be a leader for these younger guys," Noble said. "It's something I wasn't ready to let go of yet."
Austin Peay coach Kirby Cannon said Noble is one of the finest players he has had the privilege of coaching.
"Not only does he perform for us on the football field, but he sets a great example for us in the classroom as well," Cannon said.
Noble said he almost considered hanging up his cleats after high school.
"I didn't receive a lot of hype from any scouts coming out of high school," Noble said. "But you know, my dad, I can credit him, because he pushed me along to play."
Noble's dad, Gerald Noble, played for the Governors in the early 1970s. Adam Noble said his dad has been an inspiration to him throughout his life.
"He inspired me through all the good and bad times," Noble said. "I wanted to do what he had already done and he just pushed me. Even if we would lose, I knew I was making him and my friends and family proud back home."
Noble is working toward his master's degree in business management. He wants to pursue a career in law enforcement and ultimately would like to work for the FBI.