Williams in CLASS

West Virginia linebacker Reed Williams is one of two Big East players nominated for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: classroom, community, character and competition.

The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards that a senior season can bring.

Williams, along with USF's George Selvie, are the only two Big East players on the nominee list. Thirty NCAA football student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were tabbed as candidates.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior in the Football Bowl Subdivision and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – classroom, character, community and competition.

The 2009 candidates include student-athletes from 13 teams ranked in the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll. There are five AP All-Americans, one American Football Coaches Association All-American, one member from the AFCA's Allstate Good Works Team and one former Heisman Trophy winner. In addition, three candidates were named to last year's CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American team and five student-athletes have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or better, including two who have recorded perfect 4.0 GPAs in their careers.

The winner will be announced in early January.

For more information, plus the complete list of nominees, visit the Lowe's Senior Class Award.

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