Football Candidates Announced for the 2021 Senior CLASS Award

October 06, 2021

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (October 6, 2021) – Thirty NCAA® football bowl subdivision student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected today as candidates for the 2021 Senior CLASS Award®.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior or graduate student 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 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the 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 football bowl season in December.

For more information on each of the candidates, visit

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Football 2021 Candidates

Name Position School
Reed Blankenship S Middle Tennessee
Thomas Booker DE Stanford
Nick Brahms OL Auburn
Anthony Brown Jr. QB Oregon
Sean Clifford QB Penn State
Jack Coan QB Notre Dame
Jordan Davis DL Georgia
Spencer Eason-Riddle LB South Carolina
Matt Ference P Northern Illinois
Nick Figueroa DL USC
Ty Fryfogle WR Indiana
Bryce Harris OL Toledo
Blake Hayes P Illinois
Nick Heninger DE Utah State
Thomas Hennigan WR Appalachian State
Hayden Howerton OL SMU
Andrzej Hughes-Murray LB Oregon State
Aidan Hutchinson DE Michigan
Zion Johnson OL Boston College
Silas Kelly LB Coastal Carolina
Keegan Markgraf SN Utah
Chris Olave WR Ohio State
Conner Olson OL Minnesota
Kenny Pickett QB Pittsburgh
Brock Purdy QB Iowa State
Isaiah Sanders QB Stanford
Ben Stille DL Nebraska
Andrew Vastardis OL Michigan
Riley Whimpey LB Boise State
Charles Williams RB UNLV