The Warner-Robins, Ga., native also was a regular Friday visitor to local schools during football season, taking part in the "Captains in the Classroom" program. One particular visit to A.L. Lotts Elementary School in Knoxville led to his reading and fielding questions from fifth graders, just a sampling of his regular itinerary during those visits.
"Jason is an outstanding young man," head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "During his time at UT, he made tremendous contributions to our team and to the community."
The award was created in honor Bert E. Sams, who retired from UT in 1999 after 31 years of service. It is awarded annually by the Division of Student Affairs to recognize a student who has neither sought nor gained public acclaim for his/her exceptional service and leadership activities.
At the time of his retirement, Sams served as associate vice chancellor for administration and student affairs. Sams is best known to his colleagues for his selfless commitment to the University and to its students.