WVU’s Donahue Up For Senior CLASS Award

West Virginia defensive lineman Reese Donahue (46) tracks Kansas' Carter Stanley (9)
West Virginia defensive lineman Reese Donahue (46) tracks Kansas' Carter Stanley (9)

WVU’s Donahue Up For Senior CLASS Award


West Virginia University senior defensive lineman Reese Donahue is one of 30 candidates for the 2019 football Senior CLASS Award.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have 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.

Reese Donahue
Reese Donahue

Nine of the 30 candidates for the 2019 award play in the Big 12 Conference. Donahue is the seventh Mountaineer to land on the award’s initial list, with Tyler Orlosky (2016) and Will Grier (2018), earning Senior CLASS All-America honors, and Grier winning the award last year. Da’Sean Butler and Jevon Carter won the men’s basketball awards while at WVU.

Donahue spends numerous hours in the community making regular visits at WVU Medicine Children’s, serving as a friend, mentor and role model. The partnership between WVU Medicine Children’s and WVU Football extends all the way back to 1984 when Hall of Fame Coach Don Nehlen and his teams made regular trips to visit the children.

Donahue has volunteered at the legacy therapy rebuilding facility hospital as a role model and has given encouragement to the patients. He participated in the Mountaineer Play Days (similar to the NFL Play 60), encouraging the kids to live healthy lifestyles, eat well and live an active lifestyle. He participated in West Virginia Water Crisis Relief, where he helped deliver supplies during the flood in southern West Virginia during the summer of 2016.

Donahue also has been involved in the WVU Athletics Department Student-Athlete Day of Service, cleaning parks in West Virginia and Falling Run Trail construction. He visited children being paired with the Make-a-Wish Foundation in Florida and visited underprivileged children in Texas. He has also participated in the Walk the Talk events for the past two years benefitting WVU Medicine Children’s and the Hoss Foundation.

In 2019, Donahue has played in all four games and registered nine tackles, including a sack. He finished with a season-high four tackles, including a sack, against NC State and had a pair of tackles at Missouri and Kansas. For his career, he has played in 41 games and had 85 tackles, including 3.5 sacks, 9.0 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.

To determine the final Senior CLASS Award winner, the 30 candidates 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 candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

Along with the winner, the 10 finalists will be awarded Senior CLASS Award first- or second-team honors. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January.