CLEVELAND, Ohio - Western Illinois junior offensive lineman Jimmy Holtschlag (Quincy/Notre Dame) became a repeat selection to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star team, presented by KP Sports.
The 54 winners were announced Thursday (Jan. 3) by the FCS ADA organization, presenting the award for the 15th consecutive year. There was a total of 98 nominees from all Division I FCS programs.
Football student-athletes from all FCS institutions are eligible. Each of the nominees must 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.
Following the Fall 2012 semester, Holtschlag maintained his 4.0 cumulative GPA. He is majoring in Agricultural Science with minors in Zoology and Chemistry.
He started all 11 games at right tackle, and now made 28 starts in his career. Holtschlag picked up his second straight All-Missouri Valley Football Conference award, earning Honorable Mention accolades in 2012.
Academically, Holtschlag is also a two-time selection to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District team and repeat selection as First Team Academic All-MVFC. He also received the program's Dr. Frank Sorenson Award for Academic Achievement, given to the Leatherneck football student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA.
"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."
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.
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