Nicholls OL Hernandez named to 2017 FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Nicholls State University offensive lineman Brian Hernandez was named to the 20th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team.

Hernandez is one of 49 honorees named to the team, and a total of four student-athletes from the Southland Conference made the list. Joining Hernandez from the SLC were John Cook (Central Arkansas), Marlon Walls (Stephen F. Austin), and Chris Zirkle (Northwestern State).

“One of the most important responsibilities that the FCS ADA has is the selection of the Annual Academic All-Star Team,” stated FCS ADA President Thorr Bjorn, director of athletics at University of Rhode Island. “The 49 young men selected this year are truly impressive. They have been leaders on their individual campuses and have excelled in the classroom, their communities as well as on the football field. They represent the best and the brightest within FCS football, and now we have the honor of naming them to the 2017 Academic All-Star Team.”

Hernandez started at right guard for the Colonel offense, helping Nicholls to an 8-4 record and its first appearance in the FCS playoffs since 2005. The Colonels ranked third in the Southland in rushing and had seven 100-yard rushing performances.

A native of Baton Rouge, Hernandez earned his degree in Biology-Pre Med last spring and plans to attend veterinary school. He was also named semifinalist for the 2017 National Football Foundation (NFF) William V. Campbell trophy.

Football players from all Football Championship Subdivision institutions are eligible for the all-star team. 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.

Now in its 24th 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 53rd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.

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