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John Urschel Wins 2013 Senior CLASS Award

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In today’s unsurprising news, former Penn State guard John Urschel was selected as the 2013 Senior CLASS Award winner for football, given to the “most outstanding senior student-athlete” in each respective sport. CLASS is short for “Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School” — an apt description for Urschel as he works on his second master’s degree. Penn State senior (and now National Champion) Ariel Scott won the award last week for women’s volleyball.

“I am honored and grateful to have been selected the Senior CLASS Award recipient,” Urschel said. “I have tried to represent my team, university and family as best possible during my time at Penn State. I am very appreciative and thank my family, professors, coaches, teammates and friends for all their support and help they have provided with all my academic and football pursuits at Penn State.”

Urchel’s prowess in the classroom is well known by now. The math whiz has carried a 4.0 GPA during his five years at Penn State and has published papers so complex that they may or may not be in English. Earlier this month, Urschel won the Campbell Trophy, which is regarded in many circles as college football’s academic Heisman.

“John Urschel epitomizes what a Penn State student-athlete is all about,” head coach Bill O’Brien said. “He has maximized his opportunities at Penn State by working extremely hard to become a fantastic student and football player who will continue to achieve great things in the next chapter of his life.”

The first team Academic All-American hopes to get a shot in the NFL next season before seeking a math PhD.

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