OVERLAND PARK, KS (SeniorClassAward.com) – Thirty NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates today for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate football. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The 2012 candidate class includes eight All-Americans from last season. Sixteen of the 30 candidates have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Four of the candidates were recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America as 2011 Capital One Academic All-Americans. Twenty-four student-athletes play for teams that participated in a bowl game last season. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012-13 bowl season.
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
|Ryan Aplin||Quarterback||Arkansas State|
|Montee Ball||Running back||Wisconsin|
|Johnthan Banks||Defensive Back||Mississippi State|
|Jeff Braun||Offensive Line||West Virginia|
|Rex Burkhead||Running Back||Nebraska|
|Blaize Foltz||Offensive Guard||TCU|
|Dustin Hopkins||Kicker||Florida State|
|Travis Johnson||Defensive End||San Jose State|
|Barrett Jones||Offensive Line||Alabama|
|A.J. Klein||Linebacker||Iowa State|
|Collin Klein||Quarterback||Kansas State|
|Philip Lutzenkirchen||Tight End||Auburn|
|Riley Nelson||Quarterback||Brigham Young|
|Luke Ruff||Free Safety||Wyoming|
|Jason Schepler||Tight End||Northern Illinois|
|John Simon||DE||Ohio State|
|Manti Te'o||Linebacker||Notre Dame|
|Omoregie Uzzi||Guard||Georgia Tech|
|Stephen Warner||C||Louisiana Tech|