Purdue linebacker Joe Holland has been selected as one of 30 national candidates for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision senior and have notable achievements in community, classroom, character and competition.
Holland has started 35 career games and appeared in all 36. He finished tied for third on the team with 73 tackles in 2011. His 230 career tackles places him just outside the top 15 all-time in school history.
He has a 3.99 grade-point average.
An active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Holland's community involvement includes reading a weekly rosary at a local retirement home, serving as a leader for Dream Season, which is a special needs football day camp, and volunteering for the Purdue Athlete Life Success (PALS) and Reading is Leading programs. He also donates blood annually at the Purdue Football Blood Drive.