Six PFL student-athletes named to 20th FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team

Friday, January 5, 2018
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

CLEVELAND – Six Pioneer Football League student-athletes were among the 49 named to the 20th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team were announced, Friday. In addition, San Diego's Max MIchaels was named one of nine finalists for the FCS ADA Postgraduate Scholarship.

The 49 winners were chosen from a group of 115 nominees, who 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. They also must have reached their 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. They must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played at his designated position. 

The six PFL student-athletes named to the Academic All-Star Team were:

  • Mitchell Brown, Campbell
  • Tanner Evans, Drake
  • David Leisring, Dayton
  • Tucker Yinger, Dayton
  • Max Michaels, San Diego
  • Anthony Lawrence, San Diego

Additionally, from the Academic All-Star team, nine finalists were selected for the 17th Annual FCS ADA $5,000 Postgraduate Scholarships. Two student-athletes will receive postgraduate scholarships during the Association's annual membership meeting held in conjunction with the 2018 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention, being held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C., June 28-30. 

The finalists are Chris Schroer, Columbia University, RB, 3.94 GPA; Jack Heneghan, Dartmouth College, QB, 3.79 GPA; Justin Lea, Jacksonville State University, OL, 3.92 GPA; Chandler Burks, Kennesaw State University, QB, 3.88 GPA; Easton Stick, North Dakota State University, QB, 3.91 GPA; Marlon Walls, Stephen F. Austin State University, DB, 4.00 GPA; Max Michaels, University of San Diego, DB, 3.95 GPA; Brett Taylor, Western Illinois University, LB, 3.90 GPA; Jacob Judd, Western Illinois University, OL, 4.00 GPA.

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 Thorr Bjorn, Rhode Island (chair); Bruce McCutcheon, Lafayette; Bill Smith, Bryant; and Nathan Pine, Holy Cross.