Thursday September 20, 2012Sturgis Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award
Senior kicker Caleb Sturgis (St. Augustine, Fla.) has been selected as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, announced on Thursday.
Sturgis is one of thirty Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) student-athletes to make the list and one of five Southeastern Conference players and just one of two kickers in the group. 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 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.
Sturgis is currently leading the Gators in scoring with 30 points and is 7-for-8 in field goals and a perfect 6-for-6 in point after attempts. He connected on two 51-yard field goals in the first two games of the season and has made seven field goals of 50-yards or more in his career, which is the most in UF history. For his career, Sturgis is 53-for-68 on field-goal attempts and 105-for-110 on point after attempts. His 53 made field goals is second all-time at Florida and is 14 shy of the record.
In addition, Sturgis was named a semifinalist in 2009 and finalist in 2011 for the Lou Groza Award, which honors the nation’s top place kicker He was named a First-Team ESPN.com All-American as well as a Second Team All-American by CBSSports.com, Walter Camp, Yahoo! Sports, Sports Illustrated, Rivals.com and AP. First Team All-SEC in 2011 by the AP and the league’s coaches
He maintains a steady work ethic in the classroom, as the fifth-year senior received his bachelor’s degree in sport management in December 2011 with a 3.32 GPA. Sturgis is currently enrolled in the Master’s of Management program at UF where he owns a 3.84 GPA and is on track to graduate in December 2012. He has also been named the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times.
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 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 exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.