Hampton A Senior CLASS Award Candidate
Oct. 5, 2017

  • 2017 Football Senior CLASS Award Candidates

    BOISE, Idaho - Redshirt senior center Mason Hampton was named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award Thursday.

    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.

    To determine the final Senior CLASS Award winner, the 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 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. Along with the winner, the 10 finalists will be awarded Senior CLASS Award first- or second-team honors.

    The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January.

    Already a candidate for the Rimington Trophy and William V. Campbell Trophy this season, Hampton has started each of Boise State first four games this season.

    After stepping into the starting center's role for the Broncos in 2016, Hampton started all 11 games in which he appeared. Last season, the Meridian native anchored a Bronco line that paved the way for the Mountain West's top offense at 472.8 yards per game, and helped produce the eighth-straight 1,000-yard rushing season by a Bronco running back as Doak Walker semifinalist Jeremy McNichols piled up 1,709 yards on the ground, sixth-most in the FBS.

    The Bronco center also leads in the classroom, as last December Hampton was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Football First Team, becoming just the fifth Bronco football student-athlete to earn the honor. He has also been thrice named to the Mountain West All-Academic List in addition to being a recipient of the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete award.

    Hampton and the Broncos (2-2) return to action Friday night at 8:15 p.m. at BYU. The game will be televised on ESPN.

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