Senior McPherson College quarterback Jake Snodgrass once again headlines the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Football Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A biology major with a 3.89 G.P.A., Snodgrass has been chosen as the winner of the Capital One College Division Academic All-America® of the Year award for the football team, marking the second year in a row he received this honor. He is the first student-athlete to win the award on the College Division level twice.
Snodgrass is one of six student-athletes who are repeat selections on the Capital One College Division Academic All-America® football team
Snodgrass completed 171-of-287 passes for 2,053 yards and 17 touchdowns in helping McPherson to a 4-5 overall record. He also rushed for 497 yards and scored three touchdowns on 110 carries, finishing the season ranked ninth in the NAIA in offensive yards per game with an average of 283.3.
The Derby native had his best game of the season against Bethel College when he threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns on 24-of-32 passing and rushed for 51 and another score on five attempts in a 61-9 victory.
The 25 members of the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Football first team have a 3.63 average G.P.A.
McPherson tight end Byron O’Rourke and offensive lineman Heath Hewitt made the second team of the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division.
O’Rourke ended the season with 169 receiving yards on 17 receptions; he also grabbed four touchdowns in his senior season.
Hewitt helped anchor an offensive line that gave up just 13 total sacks, 15th in the NAIA. The offensive of the Bulldogs gained a NAIA 18th 239.7 yards passing and a 38th 161.4 yards rushing per game.