YSU senior named Academic All-Star

YSU senior Nick DeKraker

YSU senior Nick DeKraker

Nick DeKraker, a senior at Youngstown State University, has been named to the FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team presented by KP Sports.

DeKraker of Marne, Mich., a defensive tackle on the YSU football team, is also one of six student-athletes who are finalists for the FCS ADA’s $5,000 Postgraduate Scholarships.

“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 YSU. “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.”

A 2012 first-team Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Academic selection, DeKraker led the Penguins in sacks with five for 22 yards in losses. He finished the year with 26 total tackles, including 10 solo stops.

Football players from all Football Championship Subdivision institutions are eligible for the awards. Each of the nominees were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 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.