Football bowl subdivision candidates announced for 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award

August 24, 2010


Overland Park, KS – Thirty NCAA® football bowl subdivision student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates today for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in football. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I 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 Lowe’s 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 2010 candidate class includes 10 American Football Coaches Association Allstate Good Works Team® nominees. Nine of the 30 have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. Five of the candidates were recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America as 2009 Academic All-Americans, and 10 are members of teams ranked in the USA Today coaches preseason top 25 poll. Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner at the conclusion of the regular 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 finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. ? ?

“The young men in our football candidate class are excellent examples of student-athletes who spend quality time helping improve their communities,” said Tom Lamb, Lowe’s senior vice president of marketing. “We are pleased to recognize them and excited to see what they accomplish during their senior seasons.”?

Football 2010 Candidates

Name Position School
Sam Acho Defensive End University of Texas
Corey Adams Long Snapper Kansas State University
Sean Bedford Center Georgia Tech
Matthew Bosher Kicker/Punter University of Miami
Quinton Carter Defensive Back University of Oklahoma
Anthony Castonzo Offensive Tackle Boston College
Ben Chappell Quarterback Indiana University
Jake Coffman Defensive End Northern Illinois University
Ricky Dobbs Quarterback United States Naval Academy
Ras-I Dowling Cornerback University of Virginia
Derek Epperson Punter Baylor University
Kendall Hunter Running Back Oklahoma State University
Tejay Johnson Safety Texas Christian University
Case Keenum Quarterback University of Houston
Ryan Kerrigan Defensive End Purdue University
Derrick Locke Tailback University of Kentucky
Jake Locker Quarterback University of Washington
Mike Mohamed Linebacker University of California
Chris Neild Defensive Line West Virginia University
Chima Nwachukwu Safety Washington State University
Cheta Ozougwu Defensive End Rice University
Christian Ponder Quarterback Florida State University
Ryan Pugh Center Auburn University
Reggie Rembert Defensive Back U.S. Air Force Academy
Derrell Smith Linebacker Syracuse University
Nate Solder Offensive Tackle University of Colorado
Zane Taylor Center University of Utah
Scott Tolzien Quarterback University of Wisconsin
Ryan Whalen Wide Receiver Stanford University
Stefen Wisniewski Guard Pennsylvania State University