KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Louisiana Tech’s senior linebacker Quin Harris has been selected as one of thirty finalists for the inaugural Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
In addition to excelling on the field, Harris has played a large role in helping out the Ruston community amassing over 50 hours of community service throughout college which includes; Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude Radioathon, Northeast Louisiana Food Drive, Lift for Learning, Louisiana Tech Halloween Carnival, reading to kids at A.E. Phillips Elementary in Ruston and the A.E. Phillips Elementary Spring Carnival.
Harris accomplished all of this while maintaining a 3.8 grade point average throughout college. He graduated in the spring of 2008 and is now pursuing a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Sports Performance.
The Visalia, Calif., native is the only student-athlete from a Western Athletic Conference school and a Louisiana-based program to be included on the list.
To be eligible for the football award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior (in the Football Bowl Subdivision only) and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: Classroom, Character, Community, and Competition. 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 those leaders to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact on their circle of influence.
This prestigious awards program was launched during the 2001-02 basketball season, added six additional sports in 2007, and has now expanded this year to include NCAA football.
Harris joins an elite group of NCAA Division I student-athletes as a candidate for the Award. Twenty-six NCAA colleges and universities and 11 different athletics Conferences are represented. Ohio State University has the most candidates with three, while the University of Alabama and Georgia Tech University have two candidates each. Five members of the inaugural Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award football contingent played in a Bowl Championship Series game last season.
These 30 student-athletes will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot. The ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select the candidate that best exemplifies excellence in the “Four C’s” of Classroom, Character, Community, and Competition. The overall winner of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for football will be announced during a 2008-09 post-season college football event.
2008 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Football Candidates
Name Position School
Quin Harris Linebacker Louisiana Tech University
Travis Beckum Tight End University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Jeff Byers Offensive Guard/Center University of Southern California
Antoine Caldwell Center University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa)
Ian Campbell Defensive End Kansas State University
Chase Clement Quarterback Rice University
Maurice Crum Linebacker University of Notre Dame
Chase Daniel Quarterback University of Missouri (Columbia)
Travis Dekker Tight End U.S. Air Force Academy
Dustin Duclo Linebacker Western Michigan University
Larry English Defensive End Northern Illinois University
Marcus Freeman Linebacker Ohio State University
Andrew Gardner Offensive Tackle Georgia Tech University
Courtney Greene Safety Rutgers University
Graham Harrell Quarterback Texas Tech University
James Laurinaitis Linebacker Ohio State University
Jonathan Luigs Center University of Arkansas(Fayetteville)
Alex Mack Center University of California (Berkeley)
Mohamed Massaquoi Wide Receiver University of Georgia
Tim Masthay Kicker University of Kentucky
Stephen McGee Quarterback Texas A&M University (College Station)
Troy Nolan Safety Arizona State University
Curtis Painter Quarterback Purdue University
Eric Peterman Wide Receiver Northwestern University
Sha'reff Rashad Defensive Back University of Central Florida
Darryl Richard Defensive Tackle Georgia Tech University
Brian Robiskie Wide Receiver Ohio State University
Louie Sakoda Punter/Kicker University of Utah
Austin Starr Kicker Indiana University
John Parker Wilson Quarterback University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa)