KANSAS CITY, MO -- Texas A&M’s Blake Stouffer was named as one of 30 candidates this week for the baseball division of the Lowe’s Senior Class Award, the nation’s premier award for college senior student-athletes.
Presented annually to NCAA® Division I student-athletes in eight sports, the award focuses on the “Four C’s” of classroom, character, community and competition. Stouffer was one of four Big 12 baseball athletes recognized.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who fulfill their entire athletic eligibility and pursue their degree. Since that time, Lowe’s, an official corporate partner of the NCAA®, has expanded the award to include other NCAA sports including baseball.
This marks the second year for the baseball division of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. University of Alabama infielder Emeel Salem was the inaugural winner in 2007.
From the list of 30 nominees (complete list attached), a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in mid-April 2008. Those ten names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote that will include coaches, media and fans. The award winner will be announced and recognized at the 2008 NCAA® Men’s College World Series in Omaha.
Stouffer, a construction science major from San Antonio, was a consensus All-American in 2007, leading the team in batting average (.398), home runs (12) and RBI (85). A fourth-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds this past June, Stouffer returned to A&M for his senior season and is the Aggies’ starting second baseman this spring.