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Lutzenkirchen Candidate For Senior CLASS Award

Sept. 25, 2012

Overland Park, Kansas - Auburn's Philip Lutzenkirchen is among 30 NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes who excel both on and off the field selected as candidates for the 2012 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.

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 2012 candidate class includes eight All-Americans from last season. Sixteen of the 30 candidates have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Four of the candidates were recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America as 2011 Capital One Academic All-Americans. Twenty-four student-athletes play for teams that participated in a bowl game last season. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012-13 bowl 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 candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. 

For more information on all the candidates, visit

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Football Candidates

Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State

Montee Ball, Wisconsin

Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

Matt Barkley, USC

Jeff Braun, West Virginia

Rex Burkhead, Nebraska

Blaize Foltz, TCU

Rashard Hall, Clemson

Duron Harmon, Rutgers

Dustin Hopkins, Florida State



Travis Johnson, San Jose State

Barrett Jones, Alabama

Landry Jones, Oklahoma

Collin Klein, Kansas State

A.J. Klein, Iowa State

Jeff Locke, UCLA

Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn

Riley Nelson, Brigham Young

Kyle Quinn, Arizona

Sean Renfree, Duke

Adam Replogle, Indiana

Luke Ruff, Wyoming

Jason Schepler, Northern Illinois

John Simon, Ohio State

Caleb Sturgis, Florida

Matt Summers-Gavin, California

Manti Te'o, Notre Dame

Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech

Stephen Warner, Louisiana Tech

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

ABOUT THE AWARD An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. Premier Sports Management manages the award.

ABOUT THE NCAA The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletics opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit and for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.

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