Sept. 18, 2012
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Johnny Dreshaj was named as one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, announced on Tuesday. To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must be a senior and demonstrate notable achievement in: community service, classroom, character and competition.
"John epitomizes what it means to be a student-athlete," said OU head coach Eric Pogue. "He is a good soccer player on the field, great student off the field and a tireless worker in the community. He is a great teammate, but more importantly a great young man and someone that would be very deserving of consideration for the Senior CLASS Award."
This season Dreshaj is the second leading scorer on the Oakland men's soccer team. He scored the match-winning goal against Cleveland State, the seventh winning goal of his career.
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.
Each of the 30 candidate classes 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 male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
Dreshaj is the only men's soccer player from The Summit League named as a candidate for the award.