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Five Big 12 Football Players Named Senior CLASS Award Candidates
September 18, 2014

Five Big 12 student-athletes were selected as candidates for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate football.

JaCorey Shepherd (Kansas), Tyler Lockett (Kansas State), Sam Carter (TCU), Dominic Espinosa (Texas) and Bradley Marquez (Texas Tech) are among the 30 nominees who excel both on and off the field.

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. 
Of the 30 candidates, 19 have grade point averages of 3.0 or higher. Two are returning All-Americans and 20 were all-conference selections in 2013.
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. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January.
For more information on all the candidates, visit

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