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Jags' Reaves is senior CLASS award candidate

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The University of South Alabama's Jeremy Reaves was one of 30 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes who excel both on and off the field named on Wednesday as candidates for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate football.

To be eligible for the award, 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. 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.

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January. For more information on the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

Reaves, a senior safety from Pensacola, Fla., currently leads the Jaguars with 37 total tackles, five stops behind the line of scrimmage, and six passes defensed through the first five games of the season. After posting eight stops against both Ole Miss and nationally-ranked Oklahoma State, he was credited with 12 tackles the most by a Jag this fall including two for loss, three passes broken up, a pair of forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in South's Sun Belt Conference opener against Idaho on Sept. 23.

Entering the Jaguars' match-up with Troy next week, Reaves stands fifth in school history with 234 stops and is among the top 10 in program history with 18 1/2 tackles behind the line. He is also USA's all-time leader with 20 passes broken up and eight forced fumbles while ranking tied for second with five career interceptions as well. A two-time all-league honoree, Reaves was one of two junior to pick up first-team honors on defense a year ago.

He is on track to receive his undergraduate degree in sports and recreation management following his senior season. Off the field, Reaves has spoken to students both at home at Pensacola Catholic HS and in Mobile at Davidson HS on five separate occasions. He has represented USA Football while visiting with patients at the USA Medical Center and the Diamond Children's Hospital in Tucson, Ariz., volunteered at Special Olympics events in Mobile and has contributed to service learning at a local volleyball tournament the last three years.

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