WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.- Monmouth senior safety Andrew Sutton
(Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown) has been named as a finalist for the 12th Annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Director's Association's $5,000 Postgraduate Scholarships presented by KP Sports in addition to being named to the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team today.
"I am extremely proud of Andrew's accomplishments academically," said MU Head Coach Kevin Callahan
. He's a very hard worker both in the classroom and on the football field. He certainly is deserving of this award."
A total of 54 players from every FCS conference in the country were selected to the FCS ADA All-Star Team, including five from the Northeast Conference. Sutton's 3.88 grade point average was the 17th highest on the list, fifth among defensive players and the highest among defensive backs.
The Williamstown, N.J. product has started two straight seasons at safety and was sixth on the team in tackles in 2012. Sutton amassed 23 solo stops, four pass break ups and a fumble recovery. Against Saint Francis University, the senior returned a blocked punt for his first career touchdown.
Sutton, who owns the highest grade point average among starters on the Hawks, is a two-time Capital One Academic All-District First Team selection and was a member of the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team in 2011 as well.
The business administration major, who redshirted as a freshman, will return for his fifth season of eligibility in the fall of 2013.
The finalists for the two 5,000 Postgraduate Scholarships are Kyle Bernard, University of Northern Iowa, Punter, 3.82 GPA; Nick DeKraker, Youngstown State University, Defensive Lineman, 3.93 GPA; Patrick Ford, Eastern Kentucky University, Offensive Lineman, 3.90 GPA; Pat Kelly, Liberty University, Wide Receiver, 4.0 GPA; Chris Looney, Colgate University, Wide Receiver, 3.90 GPA; Andrew Sutton
, Monmouth University, Defensive Back, 3.88 GPA.
A special Review Committee of Football Championship Subdivision athletics directors was responsible for selecting the all-star team and scholarship finalists. Football players from all Football Championship Subdivision institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees were 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.