Jody Victor: The Buckeye's fifth-year senior Jacob Howell was named one of 30 finalists for NCAA Division I college baseball players as candidates for the 2007 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in the all-new baseball division for players who excel on and off the field. Beginning this year, the award will be presented annually to college baseball's outstanding senior student-athlete.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award is designed to honor the attributes of college senior student-athletes who stay in school and pursure the many rewards that a senior season can bring.
Candidates are selected based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete. While the on-the-field preformance during their collegiate baseball careers is a factor in determining candidates and the eventual winner, their personal character and off-the-field achievements in the classroom and community are major areas of focus. The list of 30 baseball nominees represents 29 different schools and 19 different conferences.
Howell is one of four captains on the 2007 Ohio State baseball team and is hitting .330 as the leadoff hitter for the Buckeyes. Howell leads OSU with 27 runs scored on the year and has 31 hits, 10 RBI, eight stolen bases, three doubles, three triples and two homeruns. He is also a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, CoSIDA Academic All-District IV honoree, three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, and holds a 3.53 GPA.