April 19, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - Florida State's Bryan Henry and Michael Hyde were announced on Monday, April 16 as candidates for the 2007 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. A total of 30 NCAA Division I college baseball players who excel both on and off the field were named to this list. Beginning this year, the award will be presented annually to college baseball's most outstanding senior student athlete.
Henry, a two-time All-ACC first team selection, was named to the Roger Clemens Award Watch List in 2007. He currently leads the Seminole starters in wins (9), ERA (2.37) and strikeouts (72) and has posted a perfect 9-0 record in 11 starts this season. The senior pitcher will graduate in the summer of 2007 with a degree in Sport Management. Henry is a two-time member of the Dean's List at Florida State and was named to the inaugural ACC Academic Team in 2006. As an active participant in local area Little Leagues, providing instructional tips and partaking in opening day ceremonies, Henry has an interest in coaching baseball at the high school or college level after his playing days come to an end.
Hyde has posted a record of 8-2 with an ERA of 2.84 in 11 starts this season. The senior right hander has accumulated an impressive 24-5 record in his three year career at Florida State, a span including 49 appearances and 39 starts. Hyde will graduate this summer with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Psychology with future career aspirations of working in the field of public relations. Hyde is also a two-time member of the Dean's List at Florida State, while earning a spot on the inaugural ACC Academic Team in 2006 as well. He too is actively involved with local area Little League organizations.
"Athletes like Bryan and Michael make things so much easier as a coach," said Florida State Associate Head Coach Jamey Shouppe. "They are both special individuals that bring so much more than just their athletic talents to the university."
This year's list of 30 baseball nominees represented 29 different schools and 19 different conferences. With Henry and Hyde on this year's list, Florida State was the only school with more than one student-athlete in the running for this award.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School (CLASS), the award is designed to honor the attributes of college senior student athletes who stay in school and pursue the many rewards that a senior season can bring.
Candidates are selected based on personal qualities that define a complete student athlete. While the on-the-field performance during their collegiate baseball careers is a factor in determining candidates and the eventual winner, their personal character and off-the-field achievements in the classroom and community are major areas of focus.
A national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in May. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning May 9 and concluding June 6.