Liberty's Hunter Winstead is now an All-American both in the classroom and on the field of play.
Today, the long snapper was named to the 2017 Academic All-America® Division I Football second team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Winstead becomes the 10th player in football program history to be named to a CoSIDA Academic All-America® team and the sixth at the Division I level (Jay Cline [Second Team/2004]; Jarrod Everson [Second Team/1997]; Pat Kelly [First Team/2011 and 2012]; Mitch Hanson [First Team/2014]; Chris Rocco [First Team/2009]).
Liberty's football program has now had a player named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Football team five out of the last nine years.
Winstead started all 47 games of his four-year playing career at long snapper. He was an All-Big South honoree the last three seasons, earning second-team honors in 2015 and first-team accolades in 2016 and 2017.
Following his junior season, the native of Raleigh, N.C., was named to the 2016 STATS FCS All-America third team. He finished the last three years without a bad snap and worked with All-America kickers Alex Probert and John Lunsford and four-time All-Big South punter Trey Turner.
After graduating with a perfect 4.00 GPA as a double major in government and international business, last May, Winstead was named a Big South George A. Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence recipient.
Winstead is currently pursuing a master's degree in business administration and is maintaining a 4.00 GPA. He has been named to the Big South President Honor Roll three times and was selected to the 2016 FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team.