16th Annual FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team Named|
Jan. 3, 2014
CLEVELAND -- The 43 winners of the 16th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team were announced by the FCS ADA, today. There were 90 total nominees. Three conferences had six student-athletes named to the All-Star Team - the Missouri Valley Football Conference, Ohio Valley Conference and the Southern Conference.
"The FCS ADA is honored to present this prestigious award to our football student-athletes each year," stated FCS ADA President Brian Hutchinson, director of athletics, Morehead State University. "Each year, these young men epitomize the definition of student-athlete, both in the classroom and on the field. Our Association is pleased to recognize their accomplishments annually."
Football players from all Football Championship Subdivision institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or key player with legitimate athletics credentials. He must have reached his second year of athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution and have completed a minimum of one full academic year at the nominated institution. He must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played at his designated position.
Additionally, from the Academic All-Star team, seven finalists were selected for the 13th Annual FCS ADA's $5,000 Postgraduate Scholarships. Two student-athletes will receive postgraduate scholarships during the Association's annual membership meeting held in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention, being held at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla., June 9-12.
The finalists are Brett Biestek, Fordham University, DL, 3.78 GPA; Tanner Bleskin, Montana State University, WR, 3.85 GPA; Jordan Hanberry, Nicholls State University, DB, 4.00 GPA; Scott Hyland, Liberty University, LB, 3.94 GPA; Niccolo Mastromatteo, Coastal Carolina University, WR/PR, 3.94 GPA; Austin Pucylowski, Southern Illinois University, P, 4.00 GPA; and Michael Runger, Dartmouth College, LB, 3.77 GPA.
A special Review Committee of Football Championship Subdivision athletics directors was responsible for selecting the all-star team and scholarship finalists. Completing this task were Brian Hutchinson, Morehead State (chair); Ken Beazer, Southern Utah; Charlie Cobb, Appalachian State; Ron Strollo, Youngstown State; and Jeff Tingey, Idaho State.
The 43 members of the Football Championship Subdivision Academic All-Star Team are listed here.
About the FCS ADA: Now in its 21st year, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance Football Championship Subdivision football. For more information on the FCS ADA, please visit www.fcsada.com. The FCS ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 49th year. For more information on NACDA and the 13 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.