McElroy and Pickard named to FCS ADA Academic All-Star team

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    Jan. 3, 2012

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - The 58 winners of the 14th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team were announced today.

    Ten student-athletes from the Missouri Valley Football Conference were represented among the winners chosen by the FCS ADA, including Southern Illinois' Mike McElroy and David Pickard.

    DT Eric Brunner, Illinois State, 3.36
    TE Matt Veldman, North Dakota State, 3.53
    TE Brad Iverson, South Dakota State, 4.00
    S Mike McElroy, Southern Illinois, 3.73
    OT David Pickard, Southern Illinois, 4.00
    DT Ben Boothby, Northern Iowa, 3.89
    OL Jimmy Holtschlag, Western Illinois, 4.00
    LB Kevin Palermo, Western Illinois, 3.51
    DT Andrew Johnson, Youngstown State, 3.61
    QB Marc Kanetsky, Youngstown State, 3.82

    "The FCS ADA is honored to recognize the accomplishments of our football student-athletes each year with the Academic All-Star team," said FCS ADA President Marilyn McNeil, chair of the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team Selection Committee and vice-president/director of athletics at Monmouth University. "These young men compete successfully both on the field and in the classroom and truly epitomize the definition of a student-athlete."

    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.



    McElroy and Boothby are among 12 finalists for the 11th 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 Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas, June 25-28, 2012.