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Duffy, Minett honored by FCS ADA

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 01/04/2011 16:54:32

South Dakota State University running backs Tyler Duffy and Kyle Minett were honored Tuesday as members of the Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team.

"The FCS ADA looks forward to honoring the accomplishments of its football student-athletes each year with the announcement of the Academic All-Star Team," said FCS ADA President Greg Burke, chair of the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team Selection Committee and athletics director at Northwestern State University (La.). "The dedication by these young men to perform successfully both on the field of competition and in the classroom epitomizes the definition of a Division I student-athlete."

Duffy, a senior from Brookings, earned a spot on the 52-player team after compiling a perfect 4.00 grade-point average while majoring in electirical engineering. During the 2010 season, he was named to the ESPN Academic All-America Second Team. He ranked second on the team in 2010 with 465 rushing years and five touchcowns.

Minett, a senior from Ruthton, Minn., was named to the squad with a 3.67 GPA in economics. A three-time selection to the ESPN Academic All-America First Team, Minett finished his career second on the Jackrabbit career rushing charts with 4,277 yards. He became the first player in SDSU history to top the 1,000-yard mark in three consecutive seasons, compiling 1,208 yards with 12 touchdowns in 2010. One of 20 players on the official watch list for the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision, Minett had a streak of eight consecutive 100-yard games during the recently completed season.

Each of the 92 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 complete team can be accessed by viewing the document at the top of the page.

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