Reising, Witt Earn FCS Academic Awards

Jesse Reising. (photo by Kevin McCarthy)
Jesse Reising. (photo by Kevin McCarthy)

Two Yale Starters Make All-Star Team

CLEVELANDJesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.) and Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas), two starters from the 2010 Yale Football Team, were among the 52 selected for the 13th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team. The squad was announced by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) today.

Reising, a senior LB with a 3.75 GPA, was a semifinalist for the 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy (NFF scholar-athlete award) and an Academic All-Ivy selection. He also earned the Chester J. LaRoche Award (Senior who did the most for Yale) after recording 47 tackles, which was third on the team. Reising started all 10 games, had one sack and six PBU. The economics and political science major hopes to complete Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in 2011, and has been very active in outreach events.

Witt, a junior who led Ivy QBs with 212 completions, 351 attempts and a 246-yard average, had 12 TD passes. He was the only Ivy passer to complete better than 60 percent of his throws. Witt, a history major with a 3.85 GPA and a 2010 Academic All-Ivy pick, was elected to the team's leadership council and has performed many community outreach activities.

 "The FCS ADA looks forward to honoring the accomplishments of its football student-athletes each year with the announcement of the Academic All-Star Team," said FCS ADA President Greg Burke, chair of the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team Selection Committee and athletics director at Northwestern State University. "The dedication by these young men to perform successfully both on the field of competition and in the classroom epitomizes the definition of a Division I student-athlete."

Football players from all Football Championship Subdivision institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. 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. 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.

Click here to see the entire team.