South Dakota State juniors Cory Koenig and Parker Douglass are among 54 players selected to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team.
Their selections were announced in conjunction with the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) title game Dec. 15 in Chattanooga, Tenn. SDSU was one of eight programs to have the maximum two recipients honored.
Koenig , a running back from Underwood, Iowa, has compiled a 3.77 grade-point average while majoring in biology. He finished second on the team in rushing during the 2006 season with 545 yards and scored two touchdowns. Earlier this fall, he was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team.
Douglass, from Columbus, Neb., earned the honor with a perfect 4.00 GPA while also majoring in biology. The Great West Special Teams Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, Douglass holds 14 school records, including most career field goals (46) and points by a kicker (231). He was a second-team selection to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America squad this fall.
In order to be considered for the Academic All-Star Team, players must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.20 on a four-point scale, serve as a starter or key reserve with legitimate althletics credentials and must have reach their second year of athletics and academic standing at the institution. Players also must have completed a minimum of one full academic year at the nominating institution and have participated in 50 percent of the team's games at their designated position.