Hale Hentges of the University of Alabama was selected as the Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, it was announced Wednesday.
Hentges (Helias High School) graduated Magna Cum Laude in three years at Alabama and is now pursuing a master's degree in marketing. He earned a 3.74 GPA as an undergraduate and has a 4.0 GPA in his master's program.
The award was voted on by the conference head coaches.
Hentges, a tight end, has a pair of touchdown receptions in 13 games this season for Alabama. The Crimson Tide are currently preparing to face the Oklahoma Sooners in the College Football Playoffs on Dec. 29.
Hentges is also one of 10 national finalists for the Senior CLASS award. The award goes to a senior who have notable achievement in community, classroom, character and competition. The winner will be announced next month.
Other conference awards announced Wednesday included:
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa as the Offensive Player of the Year.
Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen as the Defensive Player of the Year.
Mark Stoops of Kentucky as the Coach of the Year.
Texas A&M punter Braden Mann as the Special Teams Player of the Year.
Alabama receiver Jaylen Waddle as the Freshman of the Year.
Alabama offensive lineman Jonah Williams with the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, presented to the conference's top blocking lineman.