Kansas State senior safety Ty Zimmerman was one of 30 players nationally to be named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced Wednesday.
Zimmerman is the second Wildcat in as many seasons up for the award as Collin Klein was a finalist in 2012.
A product of Junction City, Zimmerman has 189 career tackles — including eight for a loss — and 10 career interceptions. A candidate for the Bednarik, Thorpe, and Nagurski awards, Zimmerman is tied for seventh in school history in career interceptions, while he has started 37 games in his career to rank fifth among active players.
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 award is designed exclusively for college seniors who exhibit outstanding community service, classroom performance, character and competition.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalist midway through the regular season and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.