Engram, Kelly Among 10 Senior CLASS Award Finalists
Chad Kelly throws a pass to Evan Engram in the Auburn game. (photo by Joshua McCoy)Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram and quarterback Chad Kelly are among 10 NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes who excel both on and off the field and were selected Thursday as finalists for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate football.
Nov. 3, 2016


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram and quarterback Chad Kelly are among 10 NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes who excel both on and off the field and were selected Thursday as finalists for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate football. 

Ole Miss is the only school with multiple finalists for the award.

To be eligible, 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. Here is the complete list of finalists:

Zach Banner, USC
Jake Butt, Michigan
Jake Elliott, Memphis
Evan Engram, Ole Miss
Jordan Evans, Oklahoma
O.J. Howard, Alabama
Zay Jones, East Carolina
Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia
Tre’Davious White, LSU

Engram tops all tight ends in the nation with 6.1 catches per game and an SEC-best 87.5 receiving yards per outing. He ranks second among tight ends nationally with six touchdown catches. The Powder Springs, Georgia, native has broken the Ole Miss career records in catches (146), yards (2,094) and TDs (13) by a tight end and has already broken his own single-season school record by a tight end with 700 receiving yards and still four regular-season games left.

Engram is an integrated marketing communications major with plans to go into broadcast journalism or marketing after his playing career. He is a standout in the Oxford community, showing a special heart for physically and mentally handicapped individuals as a supporter and volunteer with the Scott Center, Northeast Mississippi Regional Center and Special Olympics Mississippi. He was on the 2015 Southeastern Conference Community Service Team and is a two-time nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

Kelly has broken all kinds of school records since taking over as the Rebels’ starting quarterback at the beginning of last season. Following last year’s campaign in which he was Sugar Bowl MVP and broke or tied 14 school records, he once again leads the SEC and ranks top 10 nationally in passing (316.5 yards per game) and total offense (355.1 yards per game). The Buffalo, New York, native has broken Eli Manning’s school record by throwing a touchdown pass in 21 straight games and has also established a school record with 12 career 300-yard outings.

In the classroom, Kelly maintains a 3.01 grade point average as a general studies major with minors in sociology, education and recreation administration. He was a member of the 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll. Kelly has participated in two spring break mission trips to Haiti where he and other Rebels have helped the Camp Marie community gain access to clean water and sustainable farming. He regularly makes himself available to fans for autographs and photos, while also speaking with children about the values of a good work ethic and pursuing their dreams.

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. 

The finalists were chosen by a selection committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through December 12. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January.

For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

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