Tatum Edwards was named one of 30 national candidates for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award on Thursday. Edwards was the only Big Ten player named a candidate, while she is the third Husker softball player to be a Senior CLASS Award candidate.
An acronym for "Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School", the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.
Edwards was a 2013 second-team All-American on the field, and she is one of nine Senior CLASS Award candidates who earned All-America honors last season. Edwards was also the 2013 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, when she went 30-10 and became only the 11th known player in NCAA history to win 30 games as a pitcher and hit 10 home runs at the plate. In the classroom, Edwards was an academic All-Big Ten pick in 2013, and she had made the honor roll in five of her seven semesters.
The Senior CLASS Award candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and the 10 finalists will be placed on the official ballot, which includes fan voting.