Hunter Winstead (left) and Lucas Holder (right) have been named to the 2016 FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team.
2016 FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team
Following award-winning seasons on the field, Liberty's Lucas Holder and Hunter Winstead have also been honored for their efforts in the classroom.
Holder and Winstead were two of the 44 players named to the 2016 Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team as announced by the FCS ADA earlier today.
A total of 126 players were nominated for the team and Liberty was one of eight schools to have multiple players named to the list.
Holder and Winstead become the seventh and eighth players in program history to be named to a FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team. Liberty has had at least one player named to the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team seven out of the last eight years.
Football players from all Football Championship Subdivision institutions are eligible for the award. 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 been a starter or key player with legitimate athletics credentials.
To be eligible for the team, a play 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. Each nominee must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played at their designated position.
Holder was a two-year starter for the Flames, including the first 10 games of the 2016 season (sat out the Coastal Carolina game due to an injury). He earned All-Big South second team honors this past season and was named the 2016 Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The native of Hillsville, Va., was a versatile athlete who started at three different positions on the offensive line this past season. He graded out as Liberty's second highest offensive lineman in 2016 and ranked second on the team in knockdowns.
Holder completed his undergraduate degree in government in three years, finishing with a 3.69 GPA. He is pursuing a master's degree in public policy: public administration and holds a 3.90 GPA.
Winstead was recently named to the 2016 STATS FCS All-America third team after earning his second All-Big South first team honor during the season. The junior holds a 4.00 GPA and is double majoring in government and international business.
The three-year starting long snapper has finished the last two seasons with a 100.0 percent snap rating. He finished the 2016 season with two assisted tackles, giving him six for his Liberty career.
Winstead, a native of Raleigh, N.C., has worked side by side with punter Trey Turner, helping Turner earn All-Big South honors the last two seasons. Turner finished second in the Big South in punting this year after leading the conference the last two seasons. He ranked No. 37 in the country in punting in 2016, averaging 41.0 yards per punt.
Liberty's Selections to the FCS Athletics Director Association Academic All-Star Team 2009 - Chris Rocco 2010 - Matt Bevins 2011 - Matt Bevins and Pat Kelly 2012 - Pat Kelly 2013 - Mitch Hanson and Scott Hyland 2015 - Chima Uzowihe 2016 - Lucas Holder and Hunter Winstead
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