Football Candidates Announced for 2017 Senior CLASS Award

October 4, 2017

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