BOISE, Idaho – Boise State senior football player Richie Brockel earned a prestigious honor, Wednesday (Sept. 2), as he was selected as a candidate for the 2009 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Brockel is one of just 30 seniors from the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision nominated for the award.
The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, which is in its second year of existence, recognizes NCAA Division I FBS seniors that have made notable achievements in four different areas of their life – classroom, character, community and competition. CLASS is an acronym that stands for “Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School”.
A national media committee will select 10 finalists for the award in October. Those 10 names will be placed on a nationwide ballot in which fans can vote from Oct. 7 until Nov. 19. Fan votes will be coupled with votes from coaches and members of the media to determine this year’s winner. The 2008 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award was won by Ohio State University linebacker James Laurinaitis.
Brockel (6-2, 240), a Phoenix, Ariz. native (Greenway HS), is entering his third season as the Broncos’ starting fullback. He has played in 39 games over the past three seasons, recording eight career touchdowns (six receiving, two rushing).
Brockel’s nomination for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award marks his second preseason honor this fall. In August he was also nominated for the 2009 Allstate/American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, which honors college football players who make outstanding contributions in areas of volunteerism and civic involvement.