Dec. 28, 2016
Michigan senior tight end Jake Butt was announced Wednesday as the recipient of the Senior CLASS Award for NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I FBS football coaches, national football media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete who displays notable achievements in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition.
"This award means a lot -- just to be nominated with these other nine finalists has been an honor," said Butt.
"I really don't think there is one winner of this award. Everyone wins by giving back to their communities and making a difference and an impact off the field, in the classroom and on the field, too. The real winners are the people whose lives we can make an impact on off the field."
"We are thrilled that the voters selected Jake Butt as this year's Senior CLASS Award winner," said Erik Miner, executive director for the Senior CLASS Award. "He is an upstanding young man with tremendous dedication to excellence both on and off the field, and our congratulations go out to him, his team and the entire university."
Butt becomes the first Wolverine in school history to win this award in any sport. The award first expanded to include football in 2008, making him the ninth winner in its history. Prior to Butt, quarterback Devin Gardner was Michigan's lone finalist, in 2014. Butt is the fifth player from the Big Ten Conference to add this honor to his trophy case, joining James Laurinaitis (Ohio State, 2008), Kirk Cousins (Michigan State, 2011), John Urschel (Penn State, 2013) and Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska, 2014).
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