Ricky Dobbs wins Lowe's Senior CLASS award
Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs was named the recipient of the Lowe's Senior CLASS award for football, with the official announcement coming at pep rally on the USS Midway in San Diego one day before the Midshipmen will play San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium.
The award is presented annually to division I senior athletes who have excelled not only in their particular sport but also in the classroom and community. The previous winners are James Laurinaitis of Ohio State (2008) and Tim Tebow of Florida (2009). The acronym CLASS stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School.
"It's the culmination of a lot of things," Dobbs said of the award. "All the blood, sweat and tears I've put into this program. To be able to make it this far is a testament to what hard work can do."
One of 10 football finalists, Dobbs was selected the winner via a combination of online fan voting and ballots submitted by coaches and media.
Since taking over as the full-time starter at the beginning of last year, Dobbs has become one of the most accomplished players all-time at Navy. His 27 rushing touchdowns last year were the most in a single season by a quarterback in NCAA history, and his 40 rushing touchdowns over two seasons are the most in consecutive years by a quarterback.
Dobbs is Navy's career leader in overall and rushing touchdowns as well as points and ranks sixth all-time at the academy in rushing yards. He holds the school's single-season record for points responsible for (198) and needs one touchdown to set a Navy record for most touchdown passes in a season. Dobbs currently has 12 touchdowns, which tie him for first with Alton Grizzard.
| December 22, 2010; 5:10 PM ET
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