Greg Zebrack Named a Candidate for the Senior CLASS Award
Feb. 27, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Redshirt senior outfielder Greg Zebrack was named one of 30 candidates for the prestigious collegiate baseball 2013 Senior CLASS Award®, it was announced today. The award recognizes student athletes who excel both on and off the field, and are NCAA Division I seniors 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 Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Zebrack (Northridge, Calif./UPenn/Campbell Hall HS) represents all of the honor's tenants of community, classroom, character and competition. He played his freshman year at USC, before transferring to Penn, where he grew into a two-time All-Ivy League and All-Big 5 outfielder on the diamond.
Off the field he finished his undergraduate coursework at Penn last spring, graduating with an undergraduate degree in Communication and Commerce and a 3.4 GPA. He also earned Academic All-Ivy League and Academic All-Big 5 honors in 2012. Zebrack returned to USC for his final year of eligibility, where he is a starting outfielder for USC and is working on his Master's in Business Administration. He has worked hard to gain the respect of his fellow classmates in the program, most of whom are older, working professionals. As a 22-year-old, Zebrack has risen to the challenge, balancing schoolwork and baseball, as he currently holds a 3.4 GPA in the program.
Zebrack also represents the Trojans well in the community, participating in a variety of community events with his teammates, such as giving back to those less fortunate on LA's Skid Row, helping low-income families through the LA Dream Center, volunteering a schools surrounding the USC community, and visiting with veterans at the Los Angeles Veteran's Hospital during the holidays. Giving back and helping the community is nothing new to Greg, who used to make regular visits to Children's Hospital of UPenn to visit with the young patients.
Zebrack has taken to the leadership role at USC, as he is only one of only five seniors on a very young team. He brings valuable experience to the team, from being able to relate to the freshmen since he was in their shoes in 2009, to imparting what he has learned about the game from his three years and two seasons at UPenn.
On the diamond, Zebrack has been in the Trojans' lineup in all eight games so far this season, starting in either right field or center field. He is currently batting .313, with three RBIs and 10 hits, including a team-leading three doubles. He has also hit one of the Trojans' four home runs on the year. At Penn, he started 78 of 80 contests over two seasons, and in 2012 as a redshirt junior he batted .343 and led the team in on-base percentage (.448), slugging percentage (.657), RBI (28), runs (34), stolen bases (10), doubles (18) and home runs (7).
The candidate class of 30 will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA College World Series® in Omaha June 15-26.
Check out the full award profile of Zebrack here. Zebrack and the Trojans take their three-game winning streak to Fresno, where they will face off with Fresno State in a three-game set beginning on Friday, March 1.