John Simon a Senior CLASS Award Candidate

BY foxsports • September 20, 2012

Ohio State press release:
John Simon a Senior CLASS Award CandidateAward honors those with achievements in the community, classroom, character and competition
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – Thirty NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes, including Ohio State senior captain John Simon, who excel both on and off the field 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.
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. 

2012 Senior CLASS Award Football Candidates:
Football Candidates
Ryan Aplin, Arkansas StateMontee Ball, WisconsinJohnthan Banks, Mississippi StateMatt Barkley, USCJeff Braun, West VirginiaRex Burkhead, NebraskaBlaize Foltz, TCURashard Hall, ClemsonDuron Harmon, RutgersDustin Hopkins, Florida StateTravis Johnson, San Jose StateBarrett Jones, AlabamaLandry Jones, OklahomaCollin Klein, Kansas StateA.J. Klein, Iowa StateJeff Locke, UCLAPhilip Lutzenkirchen, AuburnRiley Nelson, Brigham YoungKyle Quinn, ArizonaSean Renfree, DukeAdam Replogle, IndianaLuke Ruff, WyomingJason Schepler, Northern IllinoisJohn Simon, Ohio StateCaleb Sturgis, FloridaMatt Summers-Gavin, CaliforniaManti Te'o, Notre DameOmoregie Uzzi, Georgia TechStephen Warner, Louisiana TechTyler Wilson, Arkansas