Jan. 3, 2013
CLEVELAND -- The 54 winners of the 15th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team presented by KP Sports were announced by the FCS ADA, today. There were 98 total nominees. Three conferences had seven student-athletes named to the All-Star Team - the Big Sky Conference, Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Southern Conference.
The USD Toreros placed two of the 54 student-athletes on the team - junior defensive end Blake Oliaro (Folsom, CA; 3.57 GPA, Electrical Engineering) and senior offensive center Matt Peleti (Laguna Niguel, CA; 3.62 GPA, Finance). They were two of five players selected from the Pioneer Football League conference.
"The FCS ADA is pleased to honor the accomplishments of our football student-athletes each year with our Academic All-Star Team," said FCS ADA President Ron Strollo, director of athletics at Youngstown State University. "The accolades of these young men both in the classroom and on the field epitomize the definition of student-athlete and our Association looks forward to recognizing 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, six finalists were selected for the 12th Annual FCS ADA's $5,000 Postgraduate Scholarships presented by KP Sports. 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 13-15.
The finalists are Kyle Bernard, University of Northern Iowa, Punter, 3.82 GPA; Nick DeKraker, Youngstown State University, Defensive Lineman, 3.93 GPA; Patrick Ford, Eastern Kentucky University, Offensive Lineman, 3.90 GPA; Pat Kelly, Liberty University, Wide Receiver, 4.0 GPA; Chris Looney, Colgate University, Wide Receiver, 3.90 GPA; Andrew Sutton, Monmouth University, Defensive Back, 3.88 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 Ron Strollo, Youngstown State (chair); Ken Beazer, Southern Utah; Charlie Cobb, Appalachian State; Brian Hutchinson, Morehead State; Marilyn McNeil, Monmouth; and Jeff Tingey, Idaho State.
About the FCS ADA: Now in its 20th 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 48th year. For more information on NACDA and the 13 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.
About KP Sports: KP Sports is one of the fastest growing collegiate sports marketing companies that partners with university athletics programs to increase revenue opportunities in corporate sponsorship, ticket sales, events, and many other revenue sources.