Scarlet Knights defensive back Duron Harmon has been selected as one of the ten finalists for the CLASS Award.
From the official press release distributed by the CLASS committee:
“Ten NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as finalists today 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 FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release.
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 finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through December 3. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012-13 bowl season.”
Harmon obviously excels on the football field–he was a 2011 All-Big East selection on defense. It’s his other high points, like a 3.5 GPA and community service endeavors, that have landed him on this list, though.
The other finalists for this year’s award: Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State; Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State; Matt Barkley, USC; Barrett Jones, Alabama; Landry Jones, Oklahoma; Collin Klein, Kansas State; Sean Renfree, Duke; Adam Replogle, Indiana; Manti Te’o, Notre Dame