Jan. 3, 2012
CONWAY - Marcus Lott and Tim Franklin were two of 58 student-athletes named to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team. Lott has also been named one of 12 finalists for the 11th Annual FCS ADA's $5,000 postgraduate scholarship.
Two student-athletes will receive postgraduate scholarships during the Association's annual membership meeting held in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention from June 25-28, 2012, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
Lott has garnered several academic honors this year, including CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America Division I football second team, the Capital One Academic All-Region 4 first team and the 2011 Big South Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He carries a career grade point average of 3.91 and is majoring in middle level education.
Despite missing two games this season, Lott ranked fifth on the team in tackles (41). He added four pass breakups and 4.0 TFL for the season. In the season opener, Lott had five tackles and a key blocked field goal, helping Coastal defeat Furman 30-23. During the Chanticleers' game against Liberty, Lott had 10 tackles, which was a game-high and his second-best, single-game total in his career.
For his career, Lott played in 44 games, getting 35 starts. He ranks fourth on the CCU all-time list for pass breakups (17), eighth in interceptions (5), sixth in unassisted tackles (112) and ninth in total tackles (184).
Franklin, who was named second team All-Big South, led the Chanticleers with 66 knock-down blocks and started all 11 games in 2011 for Coastal, including seven at right guard and three at left guard. He ended his career starting 34 straight games, including 12 at right guard, 11 at left tackle, eight at left guard and two at center.
Franklin played a key role in numerous offensive highlights over the past three seasons. In 2009, he helped the Chants rank 37th in the nation in rushing. In 2010, he assisted Coastal in leading the Big South in fewest sacks allowed (0.58 per game), which was ranked third in the NCAA, and the Chanticleers were also ranked 29th nationally in passing offense. This past season, Coastal once again led the Big South and ranked 13th nationally in fewest sacks allowed (1.0 per game), allowing just 11 for the year. Franklin's blocking helped lead the Chanticleers to a 22nd-place finish in the nation as a team in pass efficiency (144.11). He ended his career making second All-Big South as a senior and played in the second annual FCS Senior Scout Bowl.
"The FCS ADA is honored to recognize the accomplishments of our football student-athletes each year with the Academic All-Star team," said FCS ADA President Marilyn McNeil, chair of the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team Selection Committee and vice-president/director of athletics at Monmouth University. "These young men compete successfully both on the field and in the classroom and truly epitomize the definition of a student-athlete."
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.
The other 11 finalists for the postgraduate scholarship are seniors Justin Aldredge, Northwestern State, TE, 3.90; Mitch Allen, Wofford, QB, 3.96; Tim Bolte, Bucknell, LB, 3.93; Ben Boothby, Northern Iowa, DT, 3.89; Yaser Elqutub, Northwestern State, LB, 3.85; Jordan Haynes, Yale, LB, 3.62; Kalan Jenkins, Georgia State, NG, 3.94; Mike McCabe, Holy Cross, OT, 3.62; Mike McElroy, Southern Illinois, S, 3.73; Matt Rae, Rhode Island, DT, 3.71; and Patrick Witt, Yale, QB, 3.91.