Youngstown State senior linebacker Dom Rich and former Penguin defensive tackle Nick DeKraker have been named recipients of the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s Presidents Academic Award.
The President’s Council Academic Excellence Award requires a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade-point average (through fall 2012 semester) and participation in athletics a minimum of two years.
The student-athlete must be within 18 hours of graduation.
Eleven current and former YSU football players were among the league’s 122 athletes who earned the Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum GPA of 3.2 for the previous two semesters.
Rich, Kurt Hess, Nate Adams, Jordan Markota, Eric Myers, Torrian Pace, Antoine Cox and Steve Zaborsky are the current Penguins to earn the award. The former players honored are DeKraker, Andrew Radakovich and Will Shaw.
YSU had 38 current and former athletes named to the MVFC’s Academic Honor Roll. To qualify, a student-athlete must have recorded a minimum 3.0 grade point average for a specified term (Fall 2012), must have been a member of an athletics team, and must have a minimum of 12 hours of enrollment during the fall.
Making the honor roll were: Adams, David Brown, Nick Buonavolonta, Tyler Carter, Julius Childs, Jeff Clegg, Dylan Colucci, Cox, Donald D’Alesio, DeKraker, Ricardo Dixon, Justin Getz, Mason Giacomelli, Dan Graziano, Fred Herdman, Hess, Tyler Hogan, Terry Johnson, Emmanual Kromah, Nick Liste, David Main, Markota, Johnny Medina, David Moss, Myers, Dante Nania, Pace, Radakovich, Davon Reed, Rich, Carson Sharbaugh, Shaw, Aronde Stanton, Trevor Strickland, Michael Wheary, Andrew Williams, Deionte Williams and Zaborsky.