Long Snapper Bachelier Named to FCS Athletic Directors All-Star Team
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Senior long snapper Ben Bachelier is among the 58 players selected to the 14th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team announced by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA).
Bachelier, a native of Rio Rico, Ariz., is one of the most academically decorated football players in school history. He graduated in December with a degree in exercise science with a 3.97 GPA. He has been named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Second team, the Capital One Academic All-District 8 team, a 2011 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award Semifinalist and a Gold Axe recipient, the top award given to students in the graduating class at Northern Arizona University. He is also a candidate for the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
"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.
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 Marilyn McNeil, Monmouth (chair); Greg Burke, Northwestern State; Charlie Cobb, Appalachian State; Brian Hutchinson, Morehead State; Ron Strollo, Youngstown State; and Jeff Tingey, Idaho State.
For a complete listing of the 58 members of the Football Championship Subdivision Academic All-Star Team, click here.
About the FCS ADA: Now in its 19th 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 12 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com