2015 FCS ADA All-Star Team
Honors continue to roll in for Liberty's Chima Uzowihe, with the All-America defensive end this time being recognized for his work in the classroom.
The graduated senior is one of 52 student-athletes who have been named to the 2015 Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team. At the time of his nomination, Uzowihe had a 3.29 cumulative grade point average (GPA) as a biology major.
Uzowihe was joined by three other Big South players on the 52-person list FCS ADA All-Star Team: Monmouth wide receiver Daren Ambush, Coastal Carolina kicker Ryan Granger and Coastal Carolina quarterback Alex Ross.
Uzowihe is the sixth player in program history to be named to the FCS ADA All-Star Team and first since Mitch Hanson and Scott Hyland were named to the list in 2013.
This is the second academic honor during Uzowihe's career. As a junior, he was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District team.
Football players from all Football Championship Subdivision institutions were eligible for the award and 96 student-athletes were nominated for this year's FCS ADA All-Star Team.
Each of the nominees were required to have a minimum GPA of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or key player with legitimate athletics credentials.
Each nominee 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. They also must have participated in 50 percent of the games played at his designated position.
Uzowihe's on-the-field accomplishments were numerous for his final year with the Flames. He was named to the All-Big South first team, STATS FCS All-America second team, Associated Press FCS All-America second team and the Roanoke Times All-State first team.
Uzowihe became the first player in program history to be named the Big South Defensive Player of the Year. He was also one of 25 finalists for the STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Year award.
The senior finished the 2015 season with 52 tackles (34 solo, 18 assisted), including 17.0 tackles for a loss (86 yards) and 8.0 sacks (62 yards). The 2015 Big South Defensive Player of the Year also added a team-best six quarterback hurries, along with four pass breakups and a forced fumble.
The senior led the Big South and ranked No. 17 in the country in tackles for a loss (1.5 per game). He also led the conference and ranked No. 18 in the nation in sacks per game (0.73).
The native of Houston, Texas, finished his career with a program and Big South-best 25.0 sacks. His 44.0 career tackles for a loss ranks second in program history and third in the Big South record book. During his four-year career, he recorded 150 tackles (84 solo, 66 assisted), 10 pass breakups, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
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