December 14, 2007

Tom McAndrews Honored on Academic All-Star Team

Dec. 14, 2007

Eastern Washington University senior tight end Tom McAndrews was selected as one of 51 members of the 10th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team announced Friday (Dec. 14).

The winners were announced at the Football Championship Subdivision football championship in Chattanooga, Tenn. In addition, McAndrews is one of eight finalists for a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship awarded by the FCS ADA.

He is the seventh Eastern player to be honored on the team since its inaugural year in 1998. McAndrews, a double major in finance and economics with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, is a 2003 graduate of Mead High School in Spokane, Wash. The last Eagle honored on the squad in 2005 was linebacker Joey Cwik, who is also a Mead graduate.

"It's an honor for the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association to annually award an academic all-star team in FCS football," said Jim Murphy, chair of the Football Championship Subdivision Academic All-Star Team Selection Committee and athletics director at Davidson College. "These outstanding individuals represent the true meaning of the word student-athlete. We are proud of their accomplishments both in the classroom and on the field."

Earlier this season, McAndrews was a first team member of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII team released Nov. 8. He was also one of 153 semifinalists -- 40 from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision -- for The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) 2007 Draddy Trophy, presented by HealthSouth.

McAndrews, a 6-foot, 240-pound tight end, recently completed requirements toward his bachelor's degree. He plans to begin work sometime soon on his master's in business administration.

He has been named to the Dean's List 12 out of a possible 12 quarters at Eastern. He will be selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the fourth-straight year in 2007 when the squad is announced in January. He will also be nominated for a NCAA Postgraduate scholarship.

McAndrews was the 2006 recipient of the "Iron Eagle" Award for EWU Football academic and athletic achievement. He was awarded a Trustee's Scholarship (2006), Washington Promise Scholarship (2003) and Red Reese Scholarship (2003). He also became a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society (2007).

He scored the first touchdown of his Eastern career against UC Davis on Sept. 15, 2007, on an 8-yard reception in the fourth quarter of the 41-31 win. Mainly used as a blocking tight end, fullback and on special teams, he finished his career with 23 catches for 220 yards in 41 games played (11 as a starter).

In 2005 he was EWU's Most Improved Player and in 2007 served as game captain once. He helped Eastern Washington win Big Sky Conference titles in 2004 and 2005, as well as berths in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs in 2004, 2005 and 2007.

His community service activities include serving as a PLUS (Program Leading to Undergraduate Success) Facilitator in business law for the EWU Academic Support Center (2006). He was an intern as Community and Economic Development Assistant for the Cheney community/EWU campus development group called Pathways to Progress (2005). He has also been a volunteer for Harvest Food Bank, Spokane Guild School, Habitat for Humanity and the Cheney School District.

McAndrews was also a 4.0 student at Mead High School in Spokane, Wash., where he was the 2003 Valedictorian.

Below is a complete list of Eastern players selected to this prestigious team.

NCAA Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Academic All-Star Team
2007 - Tom McAndrews, Tight End
2005 - Joey Cwik, Linebacker
2003 - Kyler Randall, Wide Receiver
2003 - Kurt Sigler, Offensive Tackle
2002 - Josh Blankenship, Quarterback
1999 - Aaron Best, Center
1998 - Mike MacKenzie, Running Back

 

More About the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team

All players from all Football Championship Subdivision institutions are eligible for the All-Star team. 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.

Additionally, from the Academic All-Star team, eight finalists were selected for the Seventh Annual FCS ADA's $5,000 postgraduate scholarship. Two student-athletes will receive postgraduate scholarships during the Association's annual membership meeting held in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention, being held in Dallas at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, June 9-12.

The eight finalists are Joshua Brite, Delaware State University, punter, 4.00; Brandon Cramer, University of Dayton, safety, 4.00; Parker Douglass, South Dakota State University, place-kicker, 3.78; Wes Doyle, University of San Diego, wide receiver, 3.56; Cory Koenig, South Dakota State University, running back, 3.77; Tom McAndrews, Eastern Washington University, tight end, 4.00; Matt Sherry, Villanova University, wide receiver, 3.84; and Torrey Thomas, University of Montana, free safety, 3.72.

A special Review Committee of Football Championship Subdivision athletics directors was responsible for selecting the all-star team and scholarship finalists.

Completing this task were Peter Fields, Montana State; Marilyn McNeil, Monmouth; Jim Murphy, Davidson (chair); Ron Strollo, Youngstown State; and Donny White, Virginia Military Academy.

The 51 members of the Football Championship Subdivision Academic All-Star Team can be found below.

First Name - Last Name - Institution - Position - Year - GPA

Cory Koenig - South Dakota State University - Running Back - Sr. - 3.77

Brandon Cramer - University of Dayton - Safety - Sr. - 4.00

Parker Douglass - South Dakota State University - Place-kicker - Sr. - 3.78

Tom McAndrews - Eastern Washington University - Tight End - Sr. - 4.00

Wes Doyle - University of San Diego - Wide Receiver - Sr. - 3.56

Anthony Orio - Northeastern University - Quarterback - Jr. - 3.84

Matt Sherry - Villanova University - Wide Receiver - Sr. - 3.84

Joshua Brite - Delaware State University - Punter - Sr. - 4.00

Kole Heckendorf - North Dakota State University - Wide Receiver - Jr. - 3.82

Torrey Thomas - University of Montana - Free Safety - Sr. - 3.72

Travis Cherry - Western Illinois University - Linebacker - Sr. - 3.53

Brian Kelly - University of Dayton - Linebacker - Sr. - 3.59

Nick Mozal - Bucknell University - Offensive Lineman - Sr. - 3.77

Jordan Senn - Portland State University - Linebacker - Sr. - 3.86

Nick Ellis - Charleston Southern University - Place-kicker/Punter - Sr. - 3.75

David Kovalcik - Duquesne University - Punter - Sr. - 3.88

Kevin Adleman - Wofford College - Linebacker - Jr. - 3.66

Jim Verlanic - Murray State University - Offensive Lineman - Jr. - 3.71

Mike Byrne - University of Delaware - Offensive Lineman - Sr. - 3.55

Jacob Rochester - Virginia Military Institute - Linebacker - Jr. - 4.00

Pierre Banks - Appalachian State University - Linebacker - Jr. - 3.24

Elliot Barnhart - Montana State University - Offensive Lineman - Sr. - 3.71

Bob Perez - Youngstown State University - Safety - Sr. - 3.84

Tyler Roehl - North Dakota State University - Running Back - Jr. - 3.23

Rob Valletti - Iona College - Offensive Lineman - Sr. - 3.78

Adam Casper - Southeast Missouri State University - Linebacker - Sr. - 3.44

Justin Curry - Eastern Kentucky University - Linebacker - Sr. - 3.25

Bryan Giannecchini - University of Rhode Island - Place-kicker/Punter - Sr. - 3.69

Daniel Jordan - Georgia Southern University - Punter - Sr. - 3.76

Brett Lowe - Dartmouth College - Tight End - Sr. - 3.65

Bradley Thompson - Tennessee Tech University - Defensive Lineman - So. - 4.00

Jerome Felton - Furman University - Fullback - Sr. - 3.28

Patrick FitzGerald - Davidson College - Defensive Back - Sr. - 3.42

Ray Fiumefreddo - Marist College - Fullback - Jr. - 3.84

Craig Hormann - Columbia University - Quarterback - Sr. - 3.33

Tom Zetts - Youngstown State University - Quarterback - Sr. - 3.68

Jefferson Adcock - Samford University - Quarterback - Sr. - 3.44

Andrew Dete - Dartmouth College - Linebacker - Jr. - 3.75

Johnny Flowers - Southeastern Louisiana University - Offensive Lineman - Sr. - 3.56

Wes McDermott - Morehead State University - Linebacker - So. - 3.61

Nicholas Richmond - Delaware State University - Offensive Lineman - So. - 3.62

Justin Smith - Columbia University - Defensive Back - Sr. - 3.55

Kevin Walsh - Monmouth College - Defensive Lineman - Jr. - 3.34

Nick Altomare - Hofstra University - Safety - Jr. - 3.62

Marcus Dixon - Hampton University - Defensive Lineman - Sr. - 3.22

Matt Engle - University of California Davis - Quarterback - Sr. - 3.42

Cory Long - Stephen F. Austin State University - Place-kicker - Jr. - 3.87

Myles Potter - Davidson College - Wide Receiver - Jr. - 3.58

Chris Smith - College of the Holy Cross - Offensive Lineman - Jr. - 3.53

Matt Stansfield - Duquesne University - Offensive Lineman - Sr. - 3.46

John Webb - Towson University - Linebacker - Sr. - 3.31

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