Lassing nominated for SEC McWhorter Award recognition

May 1, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Vanderbilt Athletics has selected football player Fitz Lassing  as its top male candidate for the Southeastern Conference's prestigious H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship.

The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship has been presented by the SEC since 1986 to the league's top male and female scholar-athletes. The 2014 McWhorter Award recipients will be announced May 6.

Vanderbilt's female candidate for the 2014 McWhorter Award scholarship is women's soccer standout Kendra Hendrix.

Lassing was a four-year letterwinner, scoring three touchdowns in 48 appearances. He helped the Commodores to a 24-15 overall record and three straight postseason bowl appearances during his last three years in a Vanderbilt uniform.

Lassing is a native of Nashville, graduating from Montgomery Bell Academy in the city.

Here's more on Lassing's off-the-field accomplishments:

• Economics major who graduated in December 2013 Minors in Managerial Studies-Corporate Strategy
• Four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll · Compiled brilliant 3.903 grade point average
• One of 10 SEC recipients of Hampshire Honor Society (National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) and one of seven nominees from SEC for NFF's prestigious National Scholar-Athlete Award
• Two-time recipient of the National Scholar-Athlete team award for highest GPA
• Two-year member of squad's Leadership Council, which serves as a liaison between players and coaches resolving internal issues, gaining his position on the council by team vote
• Member of the coveted Dean's List each semester during his collegiate career
• Member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, a national economic honors society, Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honors society and was a National Merit finalist in 2010
• Named 2013 Bickerstaff/Pace University Scholar-Athlete Award by the Middle Tennessee chapter of NFF 
• Multi-year starter at fullback and a four-year letterwinner during a history-making run for the Commodore football program that included three consecutive postseason bowl appearances and back-to-back 9-win seasons
• Active member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has taken mission trips with his church to New Orleans, Wisconsin and eastern Kentucky to help impoverished neighborhoods

Each year, the SEC, in conjunction with AT&T, an SEC Corporate Champion sponsor, provides the league's male and female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients with a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship.

Each of the SEC's 14 teams nominated a male and female candidate for the McWhorter Award scholarship. All nominees will also receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship.

The award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 14 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla., in late May.



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