University of Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones is among 30 NCAA FBS student-athletes who were selected as candidates 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 Artesia, N.M., native owns a 31-8 (.795) record as a starter at OU, and is one win away from tying QB Steve Davis (32 wins from 1973-75) for the most victories in school history. Jones is already OU's all-time career leader in passing yards (12,853), passing yards per game (313.5), pass attempts (1,692), pass completions (1,061), 300-yard games (21), 400-yard games (9), TD passes (97), total offense (12,559) and total offense per game (306.3).
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 2012 candidate class includes eight All-Americans from last season. Sixteen of the 30 candidates have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Four of the candidates were recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America as 2011 Capital One Academic All-Americans. Twenty-four student-athletes play for teams that participated in a bowl game last season. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012-13 bowl 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 candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.