Sep 4, 2013
Will Jackson, a three-time Academic All-ACC selection and a fixture on the Georgia Tech offensive line the last three-plus seasons, was named a candidate for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in college football.
The Senior CLASS Award goes annually to the nation’s top FBS player who excels in four areas of excellence — community, classroom, character and competition.
Jackson is one of the 30 candidates for the award. The list of all 30 candidates can be found here.
Jackson is a fifth-year player who has played in 36 career games, including 30 games started. The Knoxville (Tenn.) native has started at least seven games at guard or tackle in each of the past three seasons.
Jackson earned his undergraduate degree in May and is pursuing his MBA.
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.