CLEVELAND – Northern Arizona senior fullback Jake Hess was one of 54 student-athletes named to the 15th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team presented by KP Sports, the FCS ADA announced. Three conferences had seven student-athletes named to the All-Star Team, including the Big Sky Conference, Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Southern 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."
Hess, a product of Reno, Nev., received the David Couture Award as the Most Inspirational Player on the offensive unit in 2012. He was named to the Sports Network (Third Team) and Beyond Sports Network (Third Team) All-America teams after leading the way for Walter Payton Award finalist Zach Bauman, who rushed for 1,182 yards, the seventh-best total in school history. He had nine carries for 52 yards on the season.
Hess was a 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 8 selection and a semifinalist for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, an award that recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
He is majoring in psychology and has a 3.55 grade point average. He is scheduled to graduate in May.
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.
For a complete listing of the 54 members of the Football Championship Subdivision Academic All-Star Team presented by KP Sports, click here.
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.