Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld was one of thirty NCAA FBS football players to be named a candidate for the Senior Class Award for his outstanding work on and off the field. 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, 14 have grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher with five of those holding above a 3.5. Three are returning All-Americans, and 18 were all-conference selections in 2014.
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. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January."
Sudfeld has excelled on and off the field during his four years at Indiana. On the field he has passed for 4,655 yards and 35 touchdowns in just 26 career games. Sudfeld has been recognized for his play by being named to the watch lists for the Maxwell Award and the Unitas Award.
Off the field the California native is just as impressive. His community service accomplishments are highlighted by his trip to Africa over last spring break. He also has volunteered his time with Andrew Luck's Change the Play camp as well as the local Boys and Girls Club.