CLASS for Neild

West Virginis nose tackle Chris Neild hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow Mountaineer Da'Sean Butler as he pursues the Lowe's Senior CLASS award.

Earlier this year, Butler was named the men's basketball recipient of the prestigious national award, which 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 CLASS Award (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School), is presented to an NCAA Division I senior with notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

Neild is one of 30 nominees for the football version of the award. The candidate class 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 finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

"The young men in our football candidate class are excellent examples of student-athletes who spend quality time helping improve their communities," said Tom Lamb, Lowe's senior vice president of marketing. "We are pleased to recognize them and excited to see what they accomplish during their senior seasons."

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