Scholar/Athlete to join Academic All-Star team

kHessDevoting time to excel in the classroom and on the field is a tough act for many typical athletes. To honor accomplishments both academic and sporting, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association picks an Academic All-Star team annually.

Kurt Hess, a YSU graduate in early childhood education and former Penguin quarterback, has been named as one of the 43 from a national pool. He passed with a 3.43 GPA while still devoting time to passing on the field.

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).

On Feb 14, he will head to Furman University in Greenville, S.C. to play in the College All-Star Bowl, which will highlight standouts from the FBS and FCS levels.

According to the FCS ADA, “Football players from all Football Championship Subdivision institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees was 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.”

The Bowl will be aired on the CBS Sports Network on February 14 at 6:00 p.m., and will serve as an excellent entry point for skills practice for NFL scouts. More information can be found at

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