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11th Annual FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team Named

Dec. 19, 2008

Cleveland, Ohio - The 43 winners of the 11th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team were announced by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA), today. There were 79 total nominees.

The winners were announced at the Football Championship Subdivision football championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“The Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association looks forward to this annual academic all-star team announcement,” said Tim Van Alstine, chair of the Football Championship Subdivision Academic All-Star Team Selection Committee and athletics director at Western Illinois University. “Each year we honor outstanding players that represent the true meaning of the word student-athlete and this year is no different. We are proud of their accomplishments both in the classroom and on the field.”

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, six finalists were selected for the Eighth Annual FCS ADA’s $5,000 postgraduate scholarship. 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 Orlando World Center Marriott Resort, June 18-21, 2009.



The finalists are Pierre Banks, Appalachian State, linebacker, 3.91; Andrew Berry, Harvard, defensive back, 3.78; Ryan Berry, South Dakota State, quarterback, 3.89; Andrew Dete, Dartmouth, linebacker, 3.74; Jim Verlanic, Montana State, offensive lineman, 3.71; and Justin Witzmann, Charleston Southern, defensive lineman, 3.80.

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; Peter Fields, Montana State; Marilyn McNeil, Monmouth; Ron Strollo, Youngstown State; Tim Van Alstine, Western Illinois (chair); and Donny White, Virginia Military Institute.

Click here to view the 43 members of the Football Championship Subdivision Academic All-Star Team.

About the FCS ADA: Now in its 16th year, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association’s mission is to enhance Football Championship Subdivision football. The Association is administered by NACDA, which is now in its 44th year. NACDA is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,300 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. For more information on the FCS ADA, please visit http://www.fcsada.com.