ORLANDO, Fla. - Western Illinois Football All-American Kyle Glazier (Geneseo/Geneseo) was honored at a recent luncheon during the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) convention held at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida. Glazier was one of two recipients of the 10th annual Division I Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award postgraduate scholarship given by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA).
Glazier and Tim McGraw of Northern Colorado were chosen from a group of seven finalists from the 2010 FCS ADA Academic All-Star team. Each receives a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship.
"Obviously this is a huge honor for me, one of the most significant awards I have received during my career at Western. This scholarship takes into consideration academic along with athletic success. I've always taken pride in being a complete student-athlete," said Glazier. "This award acknowledges just that. I strived for the best both on and off the field, so this award means a great deal."
There were a total of 52 FCS players selected to the Academic All-Star Team in January, as Glazier joined teammate Matt Barr among the group. 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.
Also a 2010 First Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America selection, he majored in Law Enforcement Justice Administration and Management while carrying a 3.88 cumulative GPA.
The senior linebacker was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference's 'Defensive Player of the Year' and national runner-up for the Buck Buchanan Award. Glazier became one of four Leathernecks - six overall players in league history - to be named 'Player of the Year' and First Team Academic All-Conference. He was joined in attendance at the luncheon by his parents Jim and Michelle and Western Illinois Director of Athletics Dr. Tim Van Alstine.
"I thought it was very cool being around administrators from around the country that are key players in collegiate athletics. It was quite the experience. Everyone treated us nice, it was a great experience all the way around," said Glazier.
Glazier is keeping his options open for post-graduate plans.
"I've got a semester left to finish up my second degree in management. From there I'll be going to graduate school, I just haven't decided where yet," said Glazier. "I may get my MBA or go into coaching, so getting a graduate assistantship would be ideal."
With the numerous individual awards Glazier received throughout his career, he acknowledged and thanked all the people that helped him along the way.
"This is not an individual award. My parents are a huge part in all this, bringing me up the right way. Also, all my teammates and coaches at Western, and the success we had during my time here. I just want to thank all the people who helped me out (throughout my career) to get to this point," said Glazier.