Courtesy of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. â€“ Thirty NCAA® football bowl subdivision student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates today for the Loweâ€™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 â€“ 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 Loweâ€™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. Loweâ€™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.
â€œThe young men in our football candidate class are excellent examples of student-athletes who spend quality time helping improve their communities,â€ said Tom Lamb, Loweâ€™s senior vice president of marketing. â€œWe are pleased to recognize them and excited to see what they accomplish during their senior seasons.â€
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Football Candidates
Name, Position, School
Sam Acho, Defensive End, Texas
Corey Adams, Long Snapper, Kansas State
Sean Bedford, Center, Georgia Tech
Matthew Bosher, Kicker, Miami (Fla.)
Quinton Carter, Defensive Back, Oklahoma
Anthony Castonzo, Offensive Tackle, Boston College
Ben Chappell, Quarterback, Indiana
Jake Coffman, Defensive End, Northern Illinois
Ricky Dobbs, Quarterback, Navy
Ras-I Dowling, Cornerback, Virginia
Derek Epperson, Punter, Baylor
Kendall Hunter, Running Back, Oklahoma State
Tejay Johnson, Safety, TCU
Case Keenum, Quarterback, Houston
Ryan Kerrigan, Defensive End, Purdue
Derrick Locke, Tailback, Kentucky
Jake Locker, Quarterback, Washington
Mike Mohammed, Linebacker, California
Chris Neild, Defensive Lineman, West Virginia
Chima Nwachukwa, Safety, Washington State
Cheta Ozougwu, Defensive End, Rice
Christian Ponder, Quarterback, Florida State
Ryan Pugh, Center, Auburn
Reggie Rembert, Defensive Back, Air Force
Derrell Smith, Linebacker, Syracuse
Nate Solder, Offensive Tackle, Colorado
Zane Taylor, Center, Utah
Scott Tolzien, Quarterback, Wisconsin
Ryan Whalen, Receiver, Stanford
Stefen Wisniewski, Offensive Guard, Penn State