By Matt Sugam
Along with excelling on the football field, Duron Harmon has flourished in the college environment. Rutgers’ senior safety is one of 10 seniors that is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award in football.
CLASS is an acronym for “Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School.” The award takes into account four areas, community, classroom, character and competition.
Harmon has developed into one of Rutgers’ top defensive players while also finding success in the classroom. The Mangolia, DE native has a 3.412 GPA while majoring in Labor Studies. He made Rutgers University’s Dean’s List in the spring semester for having a GPA of 3.5 or higher. He’s also made the All-Big East academic team.
Harmon’s also given his time to voulneteer in the community. He’s been involved in Special Olympics events from 2010-12. He’s been a part of former teamate Eric LeGrand’s charity, Walk to Believe, in 2011 and 2012. Harmon has also been apart of the Big Chill 5k Toy Drive in 2010 and Urban Impact’s Hurricane Irene Cleanup Project in 2011 and 2012.
The nine other finalists are Arkansas State’s Ryan Aplin, Mississippi State’s Johathan Banks, USC’s Matt Barkley, Alabama’s Barrett Jones, Oklahoma’s Landry Jones, Kansas State’s Collin Klein, Duke’s Sean Renfree, Indiana’s Adam Replogle and Norte Dame’s Manti Te’o.
Fans can vote for Harmon to win the award at the Senior CLASS Award website through December 3. Along with the fan vote, media and head coaches will determine the winner, which will be announced during bowl season.