CLEVELAND – Three Southern Conference football student-athletes were among the 49 selected nationally to the 20th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team, which was announced Friday.
The Citadel’s Myles Pierce, Western Carolina’s Ian Berryman and Wofford’s Jared Jacon-Duffy were among the 49 selected from the 115 total nominations.
“One of the most important responsibilities that the FCS ADA has is the selection of the Annual Academic All Star Team,” stated FCS ADA President Thorr Bjorn, director of athletics at University of Rhode Island. “The 49 young men selected this year are truly impressive. They have been leaders on their individual campuses and have excelled in the classroom, their communities as well as on the football field. They represent the best and the brightest within FCS football and now we have the honor of naming them to the 2017 Academic All Star Team.”
Football players from all Football Championship Subdivision institutions are eligible for the award. 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.
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 Thorr Bjorn, Rhode Island (chair); Bruce McCutcheon, Lafayette; Bill Smith, Bryant; and Nathan Pine, Holy Cross.