Frisco, Texas -- Youngstown State senior defensive tackle Nick DeKraker (Marne, Mich.) was named to the FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team presented by KP Sports on Thursday. Additionally, DeKraker is one of six student-athletes who are finalists for the FCS ADA's $5,000 Postgraduate Scholarships presented by KP Sports.
"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."
DeKraker, a 2012 first-team Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Academic selection, led the Penguins (7-4) in sacks with five for 22 yards in losses during the campaign. He finished the year with 26 total tackles, including 10 solo stops.
Joining DeKraker as finalists for the Postgraduate Scholarship are UNI's Kyle Bernard, Eastern Kentucky's Patrick Ford, Liberty's Pat Kelly, Colgate's Chris Looney and Monmouth's Andrew Sutton.
Of the six finalists, 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.
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 Strollo (chair); Ken Beazer, Southern Utah; Charlie Cobb, Appalachian State; Brian Hutchinson, Morehead State; Marilyn McNeil, Monmouth; and Jeff Tingey, Idaho State.