Duron Harmon a finalist for CLASS Award

Rutgers senior defensive back Duron Harmon was one of 30 players named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award in football, the group announced Thursday.

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.

Harmon was a first team All-Big East selection at free safety in 2011, recording 49 tackles and ranking second in the conference with five interceptions. He also has compiled a 3.412 grade-point average as a labor studies major. He has earned All-Big East academic team recognition twice, with those honors coming as a sophomore in 2010 and last season as a junior. He additionally made Rutgers University’s Dean’s List for the 2011-12 academic year with a term GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Off the field, Harmon has made an impact in the surrounding community, highlighted by his constant presence at New Jersey’s Special Olympics event from 2010-12. He also pitched in his time at former teammate Eric LeGrand’s charity, Walk to Believe, in both 2011 and 2012. Additionally, Harmon has given his time and efforts to the Big Chill 5k Toy Drive (2010) and Urban Impact’s Hurricane Irene Cleanup Project (2011-12).

The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season.