Cleveland, Ohio - Youngstown State senior quarterback Kurt Hess was one of 43 student-athletes named to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star team, the organization announced on Friday.
Hess, a two-time first-team Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Academic pick, owns a 3.43 grade-point average in Early Childhood Education. He recently concluded his YSU career as the school-record holder in completions (706), attempts (1,135), yards (8,925), touchdown passes (75), yards per game (198.4), 200-yard passing games (24), passer rating (144.96), TDs responsible for (87), four-touchdown passing games (six), total offensive yards (9,459) and total offense per game (210.2).
"The FCS ADA is honored to present this prestigious award to our football student-athletes each year," stated FCS ADA President Brian Hutchinson, director of athletics, Morehead State University. "Each year, these young men epitomize the definition of student-athlete, both in the classroom and on the field. Our Association is pleased to recognize their accomplishments annually."
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.
Three conferences had six student-athletes named to the All-Star Team - the Missouri Valley Football Conference, Ohio Valley Conference and the Southern Conference.