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10th Annual Division I FCS ADA Scholar-Athletes of the Year Chosen

March 28, 2011

CLEVELANDKyle Glazier, a linebacker from Western Illinois University and Tim McGraw, a center from the University of Northern Colorado, have been chosen as the recipients of the Tenth Annual Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Each will receive a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship. The duo was selected from a group of seven finalists. They will receive their awards during the Association’s annual membership meeting being held in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention, being held at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida, June 16-18.

“The announcement of the FCS ADA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients marks the culmination of an annual process in which the best and brightest FCS football student-athletes are recognized. Congratulations and best of luck in their future educational endeavors are in order to both Kyle and Tim,” said FCS ADA President Greg Burke, chair of the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team Selection Committee and athletics director at Northwestern State University. “The committee continues to be impressed with the high number of deserving candidates for the FCS ADA postgraduate scholarships, which is a reflection of the fact that academic success is a point of emphasis across the country within Division I football programs.”

photo courtesy of Western Illinois
Kyle Glazier
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Western Illinois

There were a total of 52 FCS players selected to the Academic All-Star Team in January. 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. They must have reached their 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. They must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played at their designated position.

Glazier, a law enforcement and justice administration major who owns a 3.88 GPA, ranked first nationally in total tackles with 154 for the 2010 season and led the team in tackles for three consecutive years. He earned numerous All-America honors, as well as first-team honors and the Defensive Player of the Year Award from the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC). Throughout his career, he was one of six MVFC players to ever be named Conference Player of the Year and 1st Team Academic All-Conference. Glazier, a Capital One 1st Team Academic All-American, was a two-year captain for the Leathernecks and will pursue his MBA after graduation.

photo courtesy of Northern Colorado
Tim McGraw
Photo Courtesy of
Northern Colorado

McGraw, a management and accounting major, holds a perfect 4.0 grade point average and helped the team improve on and off the field. On the field, the Bears averaged 30 more yards per game and over a touchdown better per game than in 2009. McGraw was a two-time Capital One Academic All-Region selection and four-time Academic All-Big Sky selection. He was also named to the Monfort College of Business Dean’s Citation list twice and was a member of the Champions Council, the team’s leaders who vote on issues and captains each week. McGraw plans to pursue a postgraduate degree in business with the FCS ADA scholarship.

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 Greg Burke, Northwestern State (chair); Peter Fields, Montana State; Brian Hutchinson, Morehead State; Marilyn McNeil, Monmouth; Ron Strollo, Youngstown State; and Jeff Tingey, Idaho State.

About the FCS ADA: Now in its 18th 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 46th year. For more information on NACDA and the 11 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.