JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – Arkansas State senior quarterback Fredi Knighten was one of 30 FBS student-athletes to be selected as a candidate for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award Thursday. The honor recognizes student-athletes, who excel both on and off the field of competition.
In the community, Knighten has assisted with many service efforts. He helped with a tornado relief fund drive by assisting in the recovery process for the geographic regions hit by several tornadoes in the state and region. He has helped with the Life Champs program, which is a football camp held in his hometown of Little Rock, Ark., that helps kids with football and life lessons.
He regularly volunteers his time to St. Bartholomew's Church assisting with various programs including Back to School events. He has also been part of the Special Olympics program in Jonesboro, issuing medals and performing various other duties and he has been active with team community service projects at local and regional schools and hospitals.
On the field, Knighten has been named to four different preseason watch lists. The 2014 GoDaddy Bowl Offensive MVP, he was a 2014 first-team All-Sun Belt Conference honoree, a 2015 Preseason first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection, and was ranked 15th in the nation in pass efficiency last season (138.99) as well as being 24th in total offense (4,755 yards).
Knighten holds 25 top-10 school records for single-game, career and season performances and, entering 2015, was just 245 yards shy of becoming the seventh player to break 5,000 total yards. He finished 2014 ranked among the top 50 players in 12 statistical categories, leading the Sun Belt in total offense, and his 3,277 passing yards in 2014 were the third-most in school history. Knighten tossed a career-best five touchdowns in the 2015 GoDaddy Bowl against Toledo and ranks eighth in career total offense in school history.
It is the fifth honor for Knighten in 2015, after also making the Manning, O'Brien, Maxwell and Wuerffel award watch lists.
Knighten is the first Arkansas State player to be listed as a candidate since quarterback Ryan Aplin was recognized in 2012.
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. 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 30 candidates 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 exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January.