Indiana's Adam Replogle, Nebraska's Rex Burkhead, Ohio State's John Simon and Wisconsin's Montee Ball were 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 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
Michigan State's Kirk Cousins was named the 2011 FBS Senior CLASS Award winner. Cousins became the second Big Ten standout to earn the honor after Ohio State's James Laurinaitis won the first Senior CLASS Award in 2008. Cousins was also named a Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-American, while Northwestern's Dan Persa was tabbed as a Senior CLASS Award Second-Team All-American.
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 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, click on this link.