Cousins, Persa finalists for CLASS award

Two Big Ten players are among the 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award, given to a senior at an FBS program who excels in the following four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.

Who are the Big Ten finalists? Odds are, you've heard of them.

It's nice to see that two of the Big Ten's more high-profile players also are excelling off of the field. Cousins' speaking appearances and volunteer work in the pediatric ward at a local hospital are well documented, and Persa also has been very active in community service at Northwestern.

You can vote on the Senior CLASS winner here and here. Voting continues through Dec. 5, and the winner will be announced during the bowl season.