UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel has landed yet another honor for his abilities both on and off the football field, picking up the 2013 Senior CLASS Award.
He is the first member of the Nittany Lion football team to earn the honor.
The award is determined in a vote of Division I FBS coaches, media and an online fan vote and is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I football. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence — classroom, community, 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.
"I am honored and grateful to have been selected the Senior CLASS Award recipient,” Urschel said. “I have tried to represent my team, university and family as best possible during my time at Penn State. I am very appreciative and thank my family, professors, coaches, teammates and friends for all their support and help they have provided with all my academic and football pursuits at Penn State."
Urschel joins All-American Ariel Scott of the women’s volleyball team as winners of the award this school year, making Penn State just the third university to have a pair of winners, joining Floriday (2008-09) and Army (2012-13).
The native of Williamsville, N.Y., is a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, was a third-team Associated Press All-American, a two-time first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American and the winner of this year’s Campbell Trophy, given to the nation’s top college football scholar-athlete.
“John Urschel epitomizes what a Penn State student-athlete is all about,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “He has maximized his opportunities at Penn State by working extremely hard to become a fantastic student and football player who will continue to achieve great things in the next chapter of his life.”
Urschel has started each of the Nittany Lions’ 24 games over the past two seasons and was a team co-captain this past season while posting a 4.0 GPA, earning a degree in mathematics in three years, a master’s degree in one year and has worked on a second master’s this fall in math education.