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Cavaliers' Micah Kiser racks up another honor for on-, off-field contributions

The Virginian-Pilot

Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser has been named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.

The award is presented annually to an FBS senior with notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Kiser, a Baltimore native, leads the Atlantic Coast Conference and is sixth in the nation with 10.8 tackles per game. He has 97 tackles, five sacks and seven tackles for loss through nine games.

An Associated Press second-team midseason All-American, Kiser is also a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, a semifinalist for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year and a Lott IMPACT Trophy quarterfinalist.

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.

Kiser is the only ACC player on the list of finalists. The others are: J.T. Barrett (Ohio State), Daniel Carlson (Auburn), Shaquem Griffin (Central Florida), Josey Jewell (Iowa), Billy Price (Ohio State), Frank Ragnow (Arkansas), JK Scott (Alabama), Johnny Townsend (Florida) and Logan Woodside (Toledo).

The finalists were chosen by a selection committee from the list of 30 candidates announced last month. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner, and fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through Dec. 4. 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 bowl season in early January.

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