Nov 23, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions guard John Urschel (64) walks onto the field during senior day recognition prior to the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Beaver Stadium. Nebraska defeated Penn State 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren- USA TODAY Sports

John Urschel a Semifinalist for Prestigious Sullivan Award

Former Penn State offensive guard John Urschel has been announced as a semifinalist for the prestigious Sullivan Award. This marks the 84th year of the award, given by the Amateur Athletic Union to the top amateur athlete in the country. Fans can vote online for the winner until March 23. The fan vote determines three finalists. The award will be given out on April 11 at the AAU National Headquarters in Orlando, Fl.

The award is based on character, leadership and sportsmanship.

Urschel had a great career at Penn State, both on and off the field. He was twice selected as an All-Big Ten lineman and this past season was named an All-American by the Associated Press. He played in instrumental role in leading the line and protecting true freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

Aside from his honors on the field, Urschel is known as being a great student in the classroom. His efforts earned him the William V. Campbell Trophy this year, commonly known as the “Academic Heisman.” He also won the Lowes Senior CLASS Award and was named an Academic All-American in each of the past two seasons.

Urschel is currently preparing for the NFL Draft in hopes of beginning a professional career. He is considered in the top 10 of offensive guard prospects this year.

There are 19 semifinalists up for the Sullivan Award, with four of them coming from the college football ranks. Aside from Urschel, Auburn’s Tre Mason, UCF’s Blake Bortles and Alabama’s A.J. McCarron are on the list.

Notable past winners include: Peyton Manning, Mark Spitz, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Tim Tebow, Michael Phelps and Shawn Johnson.

Be sure to go on and vote for Urschel. Voting end at 11:59 ET on March 23.

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