CLEVELAND – University of New Hampshire senior offensive lineman Chris Zarkoskie (West Caldwell, N.J.) was tabbed Thursday to the 15th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team presented by KP Sports.
This marks the second straight year Zarkoskie has received this award. The three-year starter, who earned the nod at left guard all 12 games this season, compiled a 3.58 cumulative grade point average as a psychology major.
"The FCS ADA is pleased to honor the accomplishments of our football student-athletes each year with our Academic All-Star Team," said FCS ADA President Ron Strollo, director of athletics at Youngstown State University. "The accolades of these young men both in the classroom and on the field epitomize the definition of student-athlete and our Association looks forward to recognizing their accomplishments annually."
Zarkoskie, UNH's senior co-captain, was previously recognized as a two-time member (2011, '12) of the Capital One Academic NCAA Division I Football District I First Team. He earned CAA Academic All-Conference Team honors in 2010 and '11, was nominated for the 2011-12 CAA Football Student-Athlete of the Year award, received the CAA Commissioner's Academic Award in '10 and '11, and he's been named to UNH's Academic Honor Roll every semester he's been a Wildcat, including Highest Honors twice and High Honors three times.
In addition, Zarkoskie was named a semifinalist for the 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments®, and he's been an Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team® nominee for selfless contributions to volunteerism and community service in both '11 and '12.
No. 11 UNH qualified for the NCAA Division I Football Championship for the ninth straight season –the longest active FCS streak- before losing its second-round game, 23-7, at No. 9 Wofford on Dec. 1. The Wildcats, co-champions of the CAA, concluded their season with an 8-4 record.
About the FCS ADA: Now in its 20th year, the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance Football Championship Subdivision football. For more information on the FCS ADA, please visit www.fcsada.com. The FCS ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 48th year. For more information on NACDA and the 13 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.
For more information on the UNH football team, visit www.unhwildcats.com.