Football Candidates Announced for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award

October 05, 2017

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (October 5, 2017) – Thirty NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected today as candidates for the 2017 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, 20 have grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher with 11 of those holding above a 3.5. Six are returning All-Americans, and 29 were all-conference selections in 2016. Outside of academics and athletics, all candidates have been consistently involved in community service on their campus or in their communities.

To determine the final Senior CLASS Award winner, the 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 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. Along with the winner, the 10 finalists will be awarded Senior CLASS Award first- or second-team honors.

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January. For more information on the candidates, visit

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Football 2017 Candidates

Name Position School
Matt Anderson Place Kicker California
J.T.  Barrett Quarterback Ohio State
Drew Brown Place Kicker Nebraska
Daniel Carlson Place Kicker Auburn
Austin Corbett Left Tackle Nevada
Marcus Davenport Defensive End UTSA
Joseph Davidson Punter Bowling Green State
Emmanuel Ellerbee Linebacker Rice
Rashard Fant Cornerback Indiana
Zaire Franklin Linebacker Syracuse
Shaquem Griffin Linebacker UCF
Mason Hampton Center Boise State
Josey Jewell Linebacker Iowa
Micah Kiser Linebacker Virginia
Justin Lawler Defensive End SMU
Allen Lazard Wide Receiver Iowa State
Joe Ostman Defensive End Central Michigan
Billy Price Center Ohio State
Scott Quessenberry Center UCLA
Frank Ragnow Center Arkansas
Jeremy Reaves Safety South Alabama
Canon Rooker Place Kicker Middle Tennessee
JK Scott Punter Alabama
Blaise Taylor Cornerback/Return Specialist Arkansas State
Cody Thompson Wide Receiver Toledo
Johnny Townsend Punter Florida
Drue Tranquill Linebacker Notre Dame
Mike White Quarterback Western Kentucky
Logan Woodside Quarterback Toledo
Kenny Young Linebacker UCLA