Six Big Ten Players Named Candidates for Senior CLASS Award

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Six Big Ten student-athletes who excel both on and off the field have been selected as candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate football. The Big Ten's six candidates are Illinois' Nathan Scheelhaase, Indiana's Greg Heban, Nebraska's Taylor Martinez, Ohio State's Jack Mewhort, Penn State's John Urschel and Wisconsin's Chris Borland. 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 Buckeyes' James Laurinaitis was named the inaugural football winner of the Senior CLASS Award in 2008.
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, 12 have grade point averages of 3.0 or higher. Seven are all-Americans and 12 were all-conference selections in 2012. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January.
The 30 candidates 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 exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. 
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