Football candidates announced for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award

September 04, 2013


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Thirty NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected today as candidates for the 2013 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.

Of the 30 candidates, 12 have grade point averages of 3.0 or higher. Seven are all-Americans and 12 were all-conference selections in 2012. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January.

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. ?

Football 2013 Candidates

Name Position School
Lamin Barrow Linebacker LSU
Chris Borland Linebacker Wisconsin
Derek Carr Quarterback Fresno State
Steven Clark Punter Auburn
Ross Cockrell Cornerback Duke
Vincenzo D’Amato Placekicker California
Alden Darby Safety Arizona State
Jake Fischer Linebacker Arizona
Andrew Furney Kicker Washington State
Dave Harding Offensive Guard Duke
Greg Heban Safety Indiana
Gabe Ikard Center Oklahoma
Will Jackson Offensive Line Georgia Tech
Jacob Karam Quarterback Memphis
Jordan Lynch Quarterback Northern Illinois
Taylor Martinez Quarterback Nebraska
Jake Matthews Offensive Tackle Texas A&M
AJ McCarron Quarterback Alabama
Jack Mewhort Offensive Line/Left Tackle Ohio State
Alex Page Defensive End South Alabama
Cairo Santos Kicker Tulane
Nathan Scheelhaase Quarterback Illinois
Eric Soza Quarterback Texas at San Antonio
Carey Spear Placekicker Vanderbilt
Will Sutton Defensive Tackle Arizona State
Travis Swanson Center Arkansas
John Urschel Offensive Guard Penn State
Kyle Van Noy Linebacker BYU
Avery Williamson Linebacker Kentucky
Ty Zimmerman Defensive Back Kansas State