Michigan's Zoltan Mesko and Minnesota's Eric Decker were among 10 NCAA football student-athletes who excel both on and off the field that were tabbed as finalists today for the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior in the Football Bowl Subdivision and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community and competition. Mesko and Decker were joined by Indiana's Jammie Kirlew and Penn State's Sean Lee on the initial watch list for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award announced in September.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in SchoolTM, the Lowe'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 finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates that were announced in September. Nationwide balloting begins immediately to determine the winner. Lowe's will announce the Senior CLASS AwardTM winner in early January.
The names of the 10 finalists will be placed on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award football ballot for a nationwide vote beginning today and concluding December 6. Fan balloting is available on the award's official Web site, http://www.seniorCLASSaward.com, as well as through text messaging. Fans can text FOOTBALL to 74567 to vote for the finalists. These votes will be combined with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.
This marks the second year for the football division of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. In 2008, Ohio State University linebacker James Laurinaitis took home the inaugural football award.