Sean Clifford Named Finalist For Senior CLASS Award

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford is now a finalist for the 2021 Senior CLASS Award.

The Senior CLASS Award is annually presented to the senior or grad student who has “notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character, and competition.” The honor is presented across 10 different NCAA sports.

Clifford is one of 10 finalists for the award for football after the initial list was cut down from 30. Clifford joins three other fellow Big Ten nominees: Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave, Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, and Illinois punter Blake Hayes. Clifford is technically a senior, but he does have the chance to play again next year because of the extra year of eligibility he was granted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since earning his first start as a sophomore in 2019, Clifford has led the Nittany Lions’ offense the last three years, posting a total record of 20-11. He led the Nittany Lions to a victory over Memphis in the Cotton Bowl in his first year as a starter.

This year, Clifford was enjoying what was probably his best season to date until he suffered a still-undisclosed injury in Penn State’s narrow 23-20 loss to Iowa. Still, Clifford has put up a respectable 1,336 yards and 11 touchdowns along with a career best 67% completion percentage so far, and has the Nittany Lions ranked No. 22 in the AP Top 25 Poll eight games into the season.

As Clifford awaits the results for the award to be announced in late December, he and the Nittany Lions will aim to bounce back from a three-game losing streak this Saturday against the Maryland Terrapins.

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Zach Donaldson

Zach is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism. He is a writer for Onward State and serves as an editor for Penn State’s CommRadio. He hails from Downingtown, Pa., or in other words "just outside of Philly." When he's not watching or ranting about Philly sports, you can probably find him at the gym. If you like sports tweets, follow him on Twitter @zachdonaldson_ and all inquiries can go to [email protected].

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