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Leaguers Earn Academic Status

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Four Ivy Leaguers -- two players each from Columbia and Dartmouth -- have been selected to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team.

Lion senior co-captains Craig Hormann (Indianapolis, Ind.) and JoJo Smith (Dayton, Ohio) along with Dartmouth's Andrew Dete (Marietta, Ga.) and Brett Lowe (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) were among the 51 student-athletes named to the team, composed of players from around the nation.

Hormann became the second-leading passer in Columbia history this fall, and ranks fifth in Ivy League history in number of pass completions. He is a civil engineering major in Columbia's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Smith, a cornerback majoring in sociology, was a semifinalist for the Draddy Trophy. Both Hormann and Smith earned Academic All-Ivy League honors this season.

Lowe, a two-year starter at tight end, was also an Academic All-Ivy pick as a standout on the field and as a government major. Dete, just a junior, had 34 tackles from his linebacker spot for the Big Green.

The winners were announced at the Football Championship Subdivision football championship in Chattanooga, Tenn.

"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."

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