McPHERSON, Kan. – Junior quarterback Jake Snodgrass was selected as the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year in the annual football College Division by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Monday. Snodgrass is the first McPherson College student-athlete to receive the Academic All-American of the Year honors.
Senior wide receiver Andy Skinner and senior offensive lineman David Kraft also joined Snodgrass as a first team Capital One Academic All-American. The selection marks the first time any Bulldog football player has been selected to the first team.
“This is a big honor,” said McPherson head coach Joe Bettasso. “Excellence on and off the field is a cornerstone of our program, as we push our guys to be successful in every aspect of their lives. I am very proud of the hard work that these individuals have put into their classwork and football. These men truly embody what it means to be a student-athlete at McPherson College.”
Snodgrass, who also possesses the credentials to be named to the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete team, boasts a 4.0 grade point average in biochemistry during his current tenure at McPherson College. In 2011, his first season as the starting quarterback, Snodgrass completed 56 percent of his passes to lead the Bulldogs with 2,094 passing yards and 19 touchdowns, including a career-high 301 yards against the University of Saint Mary on Oct. 26, while ranking third on the team with 333 rushing yards. He led the team with 2,427 yards of total offense, which ranked 18th in the NAIA.
Additionally, he is the sixth McPherson quarterback in the last 14 years to throw for at least 2,000 yards.
Skinner owns a 3.86 grade point average in biochemistry and the McPherson College career record holder in receptions (189), receiving yards (3,063) and receiving touchdowns (34). Skinner, who was an ESPN-CoSIDA Academic All-District VII second team award winner in 2010, is a three-time All-KCAC selection, including first team honors in 2010. Additionally, he was named to the 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete team and maintains the credentials to represent the Bulldogs again in 2011.
In 2011, Skinner led the Bulldog receiving corps with 43 receptions for 602 yards and seven touchdowns. He set a season-high with seven receptions and 100 yards on Sept. 10 against Bethany.
Kraft, who owns a 3.66 grade point average in psychology, started all 11 games this season for McPherson at either center or left tackle to earn his third consecutive All-KCAC first team selection. Kraft was named a NAIA honorable mention All-American following his junior season and anchored an offensive line that played a key role in the Bulldogs first conference championship since 1952 and second consecutive trip to the NAIA playoffs.
To be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director.
Since the porgram’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-American honor on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA.
McPherson, under the direction of second year head coach Joe Bettasso, finished the season 4-7 overall and 4-5 in conference play following a 24-17 victory against Sterling College on Nov. 12.