Washington State football senior kicker Andrew Furney has been named one of 30 NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes who excel both on and off the field who have been selected as candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate football.
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.
Furney is a double major in marketing and finance at WSU. He entered his senior year with a 3.26 GPA and is expected to graduate in May, 2014. In 2012 he was a Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention selection. He has participated in a number of special class projects, including Clean Cause, where they developed a non-profit organizational business plan for water sanitation distribution in Moldova; conducted a survey and analyzed data of Sports Apparel being Part of Your Personal Identity, to name just a few.
The Burlington, Wash. native has been involved in various communication service projects throughout his four years at Washington State. In addition to serving as a freshman mentor in the football program, he has been involved in WSU's Reading Buddies program, where student-athletes visit local elementary schools and read to the kids. Furney serves as a "leader" in the Athletes in Action program at WSU, has been an ambassador for WSU Athletics at local elementary schools promoting education, participated in Butch's Bash, a holiday event sponsored by WSU Athletics for local children, while also volunteering at various department activities throughout the year.
Furney enters his final season among the school's top five in career field goals made (currently 4th), most 50+ yard field goals (T3rd), career field goal percentage (2nd) and career points (5th). In 2012 he was an All-Pac-12 Second Team selection and named to Phil Steele's Midseason All-America First Team. His 60-yard field goal against Eastern Washington last season was the second-longest among all NCAA FBS kickers. In 2012 Apple Cup, hit all three field goals against rival Washington, including one to force overtime and then the game-winner in overtime. He was named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week following the game. For the second straight season, Furney was one of the 30 players named to the Lou Groza College Place-Kicker Award Preseason Watch List.
Of the 30 candidates, 12 have grade point averages of 3.0 or higher. Seven are all-Americans and 12 were all-conference selections in 2012. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January.
The 30 candidates 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 exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Courtesy: Washington State Athletic Communications