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September 5, 2013
University of Memphis senior quarterback Jacob Karam is one of 30 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes who excel both on and off the field to be selected as a candidate for the 2013 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.
Of the 30 candidates, 12 have grade point averages of 3.0 or higher. Seven are all-Americans and 12 were all-conference selections in 2012. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January.
The 30 candidates 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 exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
Last week Karam, who is a graduate student at the University of Memphis, was also named a candidate for the National Football Foundation's Scholar-Athlete Awards and this summer was named a candidate for the American Football Coaches Association's Allstate Good Works Team.