Rutgers senior defensive back Duron Harmon was selected as one of 10 FBS finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award Thursday.
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 a cumulative 3.412 grade-point average as a labor studies major, and made the Dean’s List last academic year with a term GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Outside of football and schoolwork, 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).
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence -- community, classroom, character and competition.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.