Natchitoches Times Logo
Infinite Menus, Copyright 2006, OpenCube Inc. All Rights Reserved.
NSU Demons football player gets two national awards
Jan 05, 2013 | 252 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Northwestern State senior kicker John Shaughnessy picked up a pair of prestigious awards for excellence as a scholar-athlete on Thursday, being included on the 2012 FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team presented by KP Sports, and the College Sports Journal’s FCS All-Academic Team.

A National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors Association panel chose the 54-man ADA Academic All-Star Team, while a panel of FCS experts chose the College Sports Journal’s 42-man roster of standout football and academic performers.

A second-team All-Southland Conference selection in 2012 after earning first-team all-conference honors last year, Shaughnessy is among the most accurate kickers in school history. He has a 3.69 grade point average in biology, will be recognized for the third straight year as an Academic All-Southland Conference Team member next week, and has been nominated as the SLC Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Shaughnessy, also an Academic All-America finalist as one of eight Division I kickers from around the country, drilled 14 of 17 field goals to finish 28 of his last 33 in his final two seasons. The Shreveport-Byrd product's precision kickoffs helped the Demons limit foes to 18.9 yards per return.

In a summer internship at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Shaughnessy did cancer research through the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network. He presented findings to a panel including medical school faculty from LSU and Tulane.

Shaughnessy has also taken a mission trip for Haitian earthquake relief.

He was NSU's 2012 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete nominee, one of 147 semifinalists from all levels of college football (35 in the FCS).
Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet
Postings are not edited and are the responsibility of the author. You agree not to post comments that are abusive, threatening or obscene. Postings may be removed at the discretion of Natchitoches Times.