RICHMOND, Ky. – Senior Emory Attig was one of three OVC football players to be named to the 14th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team on Tuesday. This was the third consecutive year Attig earned a spot on the prestigious team.
Attig, a native of Alpharetta, Ga., helped Eastern Kentucky to an at-large berth in the FCS playoffs and a share of the OVC championship this past fall. In 12 games, the defensive tackle had 60 tackles (25 solo), 9.0 tackles-for-loss, 2.0 sacks, a pass breakup, five quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Attig has earned numerous postseason honors following his senior season including first team All-OVC, third team All-America (The Sports Network) and first team CoSIDA Academic All-District. He was also named one of the six winners of the prestigious OVC Scholar-Athlete award in November.
There were 58 winners selected to the all-star team out of 92 nominees from the Football Championship Subdivision level. 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.
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 Marilyn McNeil, Monmouth (chair); Greg Burke, Northwestern State; Charlie Cobb, Appalachian State; Brian Hutchinson, Morehead State; Ron Strollo, Youngstown State; and Jeff Tingey, Idaho State.
The Colonels (7-5, 6-2 OVC) earned a share of the 2011 OVC title and advanced to the NCAA FCS playoffs for the 20th time this season. EKU kicks off the 2012 schedule at Purdue on Sept. 1.