CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Ethan Clark, who closed out his football career for
the University of Delaware this past season, has been selected to the
15th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors
Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star team presented by KP Sports.
Clark, a defensive end from Essex Junction, Vt. (Essex High School), was
one of 54 players recognized nationally for outstanding achievement both
in the classroom and on the playing field.
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. The nominees must
have reached their 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.
Clark, who was a two-time member of the Capital One/College Sports
Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District 2 All-Academic Team,
owns a cumulative grade point average of. 3.66 as an exercise physiology
major. He will graduate later this month and plans to attend physician's
A Dean's List student, Clark has earned Colonial Athletic Association
Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll notice three times, is a member of
the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, and won the Blue Hen Touchdown Club
Elks Club Scholar-Athlete Award in 2011. He has also been a volunteer
with Special Olympics, Newark Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, A.I.
duPont Children's Hospital, and March of Dimes Relay for Life.
On the field, Clark was a former walk-on who earned four letters and was
a second-year starter at defensive end for the Blue Hens in 2012. He
started the first five games of the season before suffering a
season-ending foot injury vs. New Hampshire and finished the season with
10 tackles and recovered a fumble. For his career, he has played in 33
games with 21 starts and recorded 45 tackles. He played a key role for
the 2010 Blue Hen team that went 12-3, captured the CAA title, led the
nation in scoring defense, and advanced to the FCS national championship
Clark was among four award recipients from the Colonial Athletic
Association, joining offensive lineman Michael Davis of Georgia State,
punter Jonathan Plisco of Old Dominion, and offensive lineman Chris
Zarkozkie of New Hampshire.
"The FCS ADA is pleased to honor the accomplishments of our football
student-athletes each year with our Academic All-Star Team," said FCS
ADA President Ron Strollo, director of athletics at Youngstown State
University. "The accolades of these young men both in the classroom and
on the field epitomize the definition of student-athlete and our
Association looks forward to recognizing their accomplishments annually."
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 Ron Strollo, Youngstown
State (chair); Ken Beazer, Southern Utah; Charlie Cobb, Appalachian
State; Brian Hutchinson, Morehead State; Marilyn McNeil, Monmouth; and
Jeff Tingey, Idaho State.