Aug. 24, 2010
STILLWATER, Okla. - Oklahoma State running back Kendall Hunter is one of 30 NCAA football bowl subdivision nominees for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, it was announced today. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
Hunter has received several distinctions for his classroom work, including second-team academic all-Big 12 in 2009, a spot on the President's Honor Roll for a 4.0 GPA and honorable-mention Scholar-Baller in 2009 and 2008. Hunter is also a two-time recipient of the Oklahoma State Academic Achievement award and a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Hunter has helped with the Harvest II Food Drive, made numerous visits to pediatric cancer patients in Tulsa and Oklahoma City and he's also been a guest speaker on leadership and hard work at local high schools in Oklahoma and Texas.
In 2008, Hunter was a first-team All-American, first-team all-Big 12 and the seventh-leading rusher in the nation with 119.6 yards per game. He started just two games in 2009 but for his career, Hunter averages more than 6 yards per carry. He was named to The Sporting News' all-Big 12 freshman team in 2007 and ranks 10th in school history with 2,633 career rushing yards. Hunter has also been clocked at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's 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.
Lowe's will announce the award winner at the conclusion of the regular season.
The candidate class 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 finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
2010 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Candidates
Sam Acho, Defensive End, Texas
Corey Adams, Long Snapper, Kansas State
Sean Bedford, Center, Georgia Tech
Matthew Bosher, Kicker, Miami (Fla.)
Quinton Carter, Defensive Back, Oklahoma
Anthony Castonzo, Offensive Tackle, Boston College
Ben Chappell, Quarterback, Indiana
Jake Coffman, Defensive End, Northern Illinois
Ricky Dobbs, Quarterback, Navy
Ras-I Dowling, Cornerback, Virginia
Derek Epperson, Punter, Baylor
Kendall Hunter, Running Back, Oklahoma State
Tejay Johnson, Safety, TCU
Case Keenum, Quarterback, Houston
Ryan Kerrigan, Defensive End, Purdue
Derrick Locke, Tailback, Kentucky
Jake Locker, Quarterback, Washington
Mike Mohammed, Linebacker, California
Chris Neild, Defensive Lineman, West Virginia
Chima Nwachukwa, Safety, Washington State
Cheta Ozougwu, Defensive End, Rice
Christian Ponder, Quarterback, Florida State
Ryan Pugh, Center, Auburn
Reggie Rembert, Defensive Back, Air Force
Derrell Smith, Linebacker, Syracuse
Nate Solder, Offensive Tackle, Colorado
Zane Taylor, Center, Utah
Scott Tolzien, Quarterback, Wisconsin
Ryan Whalen, Receiver, Stanford
Stefen Wisniewski, Offensive Lineman, Penn State