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UTSA student-athlete recognized for his performance on and off the field

UTSA student-athlete recognized for his performance on and off the field

Marcus Davenport selected as Senior CLASS Award candidate. Photo credit: Jeff Huehn

(Oct. 5, 2017) -- University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) student-athlete Marcus Davenport has been selected as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.

Davenport is one of 30 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) senior student-athletes named to the list for the annual honor that 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.

A preseason All-Conference USA selection at defensive end, Davenport has registered 11 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, a pair of sacks, six quarterback pressures and three pass breakups through the first three games of his final campaign. The 2016 second-team all-league selection has helped lead a UTSA defense that enters the Southern Miss game leading C-USA in nine different categories, including four FBS-leading marks. The San Antonio Stevens High School product owns the program's career records for sacks (15.5) and quarterback pressures (19) and is tied atop the all-time list for tackles for loss (23.5).

Davenport, who also is on the Wuerffel Trophy preseason watch list, is a Rowdy Readers mentor at a local elementary school and also gave students from that school a tour of the UTSA campus and helped them participate in a parade at Fiesta. He had his head shaved to help raise money for pediatric cancer patients as part of St. Balderick's Day and he also volunteered with a dance marathon put on by For The Kids (FTK), a student-run non-profit organization that raises money and provides emotional support for families affected by pediatric cancer. A member of UTSA's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Davenport also served as a Dream Runners volunteer and participated in the Annual Black Student-Athlete Summit at the University of Texas in January 2017.

To determine the final Senior CLASS Award winner, the 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 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. Along with the winner, the 10 finalists will be awarded Senior CLASS Award first- or second-team honors.

Football Candidates:

Matt Anderson, California
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
Drew Brown, Nebraska
Daniel Carlson, Auburn
Austin Corbett, Nevada
Marcus Davenport, UTSA
Joseph Davidson, Bowling Green State
Emmanuel Ellerbee, Rice
Rashard Fant, Indiana
Zaire Franklin, Syracuse
Shaquem Griffin, UCF
Mason Hampton, Boise State
Josey Jewell, Iowa
Micah Kiser, Virginia
Justin Lawler, SMU
Allen Lazard, Iowa State
Joe Ostman, Central Michigan
Billy Price, Ohio State
Scott Quessenberry, UCLA
Frank Ragnow, Arkansas
Jeremy Reaves, South Alabama
Canon Rooker, Middle Tennessee
JK Scott, Alabama
Blaise Taylor, Arkansas State
Cody Thompson, Toledo
Johnny Townsend, Florida
Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame
Mike White, Western Kentucky
Logan Woodside, Toledo

Kenny Young, UCLA

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January.

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