Needham, Nelson named to Academic All-Star team


CEDAR CITY- SUU Thunderbirds Mike Needham and Taylor Nelson were recognized on the 20th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team for their work not only on the football field, but in the classroom.

The linebackers were part of just five players from the Big Sky Conference to be recognized with the honor.

Requirements for the honor included having a minimum GPA of 3.2, which both players surpassed by a large margin. Those nominated also were required to have legitimate athletics credentials.

Needham and Nelson were part of a defensive core that claimed a Big Sky Conference title and earned the team a spot in the Second Round of the 2017 FCS Playoffs.

This was the first time either student-athlete had been named to the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team.

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