The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Tuesday that 259 football student-athletes have been named 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Cumberland (Tenn.) leads all institutions with 16 individuals on the list.
Quarterback Jake Snodgrass, outside linebacker Micah Roehl and offensive lineman Heath Hewitt are McPherson College’s representatives; Snodgrass and Hewitt are seniors while Roehl has one year left to play.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete mush maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.
Snodgrass also was recently named the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the year for the College division as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
He went 17-of-287 passing for 2,053 yards and 17 touchdowns; Snodgrass also rushed for 497 yards and three scores. His 283.3 yards per game ranked ninth in the NAIA.
Roehl led the Bulldogs in tackles this season, racking up 62 total with 31 being unassisted. He also accumulated 2.5 sacks and one interception.
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.