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Originally published Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 9:25 PM

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WSU’s Furney picked as CLASS finalist

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PULLMAN — Washington State football senior kicker Andrew Furney has been named one of 30 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision student-athletes selected as candidates for the Senior CLASS Award in college football.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. 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.

Furney is a double major in marketing and finance at WSU. He entered his senior year with a 3.26 GPA and is expected to graduate in May. In 2012 he was a Pac-12 All-Academic honorable-mention selection. He has participated in a number of special class projects, including Clean Cause, where they developed a non-profit organizational business plan for water sanitation distribution in Moldova; conducted a survey and analyzed data of Sports Apparel being Part of Your Personal Identity, to name just a few.

Furney enters his final season among the school’s top five in career field goals made (currently fourth), most 50-plus-yard field goals (tied for third), career field-goal percentage (second) and career points (fifth).

In 2012 he was an All-Pac-12 second-team selection. His 60-yard field goal against Eastern Washington last season was the second-longest among all FBS kickers. In the 2012 Apple Cup, hit all three field goals against rival Washington, including one to force overtime and then the winner in overtime.

For the second straight season, Furney was one of the 30 players named to the Lou Groza College Place-Kicker Award Preseason Watch List.

From sports-information reports.

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