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Brad Mills Named a Candidate for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 16, 2007
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Arizona’s Brad Mills has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2007 Lowe’s Senior Class Award it was announced on Monday. Beginning this year, the award will be presented annually to college baseball’s outstanding senior student-athlete.


            Lowe’s recently announced the addition of baseball and three other sports to the award program that originally launched in 2001-02 with basketball. 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 pursue the many rewards that a senior season can bring.


            Candidates are selected based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete. While on-the-field performance during their collegiate 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.


            Mills, a left-handed pitcher from Mesa, Ariz., and the only candidate from the Pacific-10 Conference, has worked his way into being a vital component for the 12th-ranked Wildcats. After being the only player out of 80 that tried out for the UA team in the fall of 2003 to make the roster, Mills has transformed himself from a lightly used reliever to the No. 2 starter in the Arizona rotation.


He currently leads the Wildcats with an 8-2 record on the mound and has posted a 2.89 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings pitched. He most recently tossed his first career complete game, limiting Stanford to just one run on seven hits over nine innings to help Arizona extend its winning streak to 16-straight games (since ended).


In addition to his outstanding efforts on the baseball field, Mills currently has a 3.22 GPA as a civil engineering major at Arizona. A 2006 second-team Academic All-Pac-10 selection, he is expected to receive his undergraduate degree from the university in December.


He was selected in the 22nd round by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2006 Major League Baseball draft, but opted not to sign a professional contract and return to Arizona for his senior season and to complete his studies.


A national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in May. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning May 9 and concluding June 6. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient of the inaugural award. The award winner and the college baseball All-Senior All-America Team will be announced this June during the 2007 College World Series in Omaha, Neb.


The 30 candidates are:

Austin Adams of Texas Christian

Ryan Bird of Saint Louis

Joey Boaen of Pennsylvania

Brandon Bowser of New Orleans

John Brandt of Wofford

Jay Brossman of Utah

Wes Brundridge of Charleston Southern

Chris Cates of Louisville

Eric Cattoni of Saint Mary's

Jim Chapman of Vermont

Andy DeLaGarza of Coastal Carolina

Nick Derba of Manhattan

Chris Dunn of Florida International

Ryan Gryskevicz of Bucknell

Bryan Henry of Florida State

Jacob Howell of Ohio State

Michael Hyde of Florida State

Aaron Ivey of Oklahoma

Matt LaPorta of Florida

Adam McDaniel of Georgia

Steven Mignogna of Radford

Brad Mills of Arizona

Eric Rose of Michigan

Emeel Salem of Alabama

Scott Simon of Northern Illinois

Keanon Simon of Oklahoma State

Daniel Stovall of New Mexico

Josh Thompson of Mercer

Ryan Turner of Georgia Tech

Kasey Wahl of Evansville

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