Cowan Named to National Academic All-Star Team

Dec. 17, 2004

Yale senior QB Alvin Cowan was one of the 36 winners of the seventh annual Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team, which were announced at the Division I-AA football championship in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Cowan, who made this team for the second straight year, carries a 3.47 GPA in political science. He was second-team All-Ivy this past fall while leading the league in TD passes (16) and yardage (2,140). Four of the TD passes came in a come-from-behind, upset of nationally ranked Colgate at Yale Bowl on Oct. 2.

The Austin, Texas, native leaves Yale as the all-time leader in every major quarterback statistical category including TDs (41), yards (5,222) and total offense (5,780).

Five players from the Ivy League were included on this year's squad, but no school had more than one selection.

"The young men who earned this award are outstanding representatives of the caliber of students and the caliber of athletes found in Division I-AA football," said Steve McCarty, chair of the Division I-AA ADA Academic All-Star Team Selection Committee and athletics director at Stephen F. Austin State.

Football players from all Division I-AA institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the 86 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.

For more information on the Division I-AA Academic All-Star Team go to www.nacda.com.

report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

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