BOONE, N.C. — App State receiver Thomas Hennigan has been named one of just 30 candidates nationally for the Senior CLASS Award, which goes to an FBS senior or graduate student with notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platforms in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
A two-time All-Sun Belt pick who was named an Academic All-American (second team) earlier this year, Hennigan maintains a 3.53 GPA as a marketing (sales) major with a minor in finance and banking. Last weekend, he set an App State record by making his 56th career start.
In his 57 career games, the Mountaineers are 46-11 with three Sun Belt Conference titles and a 4-0 bowl record since he enrolled.
Heading into next week’s game at Louisiana, Hennigan ranks No. 2 in school history with 205 career catches, No. 4 with 2,627 receiving yards and No. 6 with 18 touchdown receptions. Among active, full-time FBS players, he ranks No. 3 with his 205 career catches.
During his time in Boone, Hennigan has volunteered time reading for local elementary school students as well as participating in school supply drives, canned food drives, Operation Christmas Child and Western Youth Network activities. He is on the 2021 watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” and is a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the best football scholar-athlete in the nation for combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the season.