Brunner Named to FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team
Jan. 3, 2012
CLEVELAND - Former Illinois State defensive tackle Eric Brunner added another accolade to his impressive football resume Tuesday, when he was selected as one of 58 members of the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team as announced by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA).
Football players from all Football Championship Subdivision institutions were eligible for the honor. Each of the nominees was 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. Each player 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.
"The FCS ADA is honored to recognize the accomplishments of our football student-athletes each year with the Academic All-Star team," said FCS ADA President Marilyn McNeil, chair of the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team Selection Committee and vice-president/director of athletics at Monmouth University. "These young men compete successfully both on the field and in the classroom and truly epitomize the definition of a student-athlete."
Brunner, who was also named to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team in 2010, was named a First Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection and a MVFC All-Academic First Team selection for the second-straight time in 2011. The senior defensive tackle was also named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District V Team in a vote conducted by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Brunner graduated from Illinois State in December a 3.28 GPA in accounting.
The Greendale, Wis., native increased his production in 2011 and was the leader of the Redbird defense, which led the conference in total defense (294.8 ypg). One of four team captains, Brunner set career highs with 4.5 sacks and 13 tackles-for-loss, which tied for fifth in the conference and ranked third on the team with 55 tackles. He also added a forced fumble, blocked a kick, recovered three fumbles, broke up two passes and tallied three quarterback hurries.
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