CLEVELAND -- Campbell's Jordan Cramer was one of 58 student-athletes named to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team. He is the first Campbell football player to earn recognition on the team since the CU program was restarted in 2008.
Cramer, who has already graduated and is working on his master's degree in the divinity school, sports a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 in his nine semesters of collegiate work. He aided Campbell to a school-record six wins and five conference wins in 2011.
Cramer was an All-PFL First Team Selection as a fullback following the end of the season in late November. On the season the redshirt senior led the team and the conference with a school-record 15 touchdowns. Thirteen of his 15 scores were on the ground. Overall he placed third on the team with 421 rushing yards and was tied for 11th in the conference in rushing yards a contest (38.27). Cramer averaged a school-record 6.1 yards a carry on his 69 attempts on the season. He scored a school season record with 90 points and only had one negative carry recorded. Cramer also hauled in 11 passes for 77 yards and two scores. His best individual game of the season came against Morehead State (11/5) when he ran for a school single game record 170 yards and tied the school single game record with four rushing touchdowns. Cramer was a four-year starter for Campbell and was one of only five players to have played in all 44 games in the school's modern day history. Campbell's football team led the conference in rushing in 2011 with a school-record 2,315 yards (210.5 yards a game) with Cramer playing a vital role. The program has led the conference in rushing and ranked among the national leaders in the category in each of the last three seasons with him leading the way from his lead blocker position. Cramer has been named to the PFL's Academic Honor Roll in each of the last three seasons with this year's announcement still forthcoming. Cramer ended his career with 499 career rushing yards, 16 touchdowns and four multi-touchdown games.
"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 student-athlete."
Football players from all the 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 score) in undergraduate study and have been a starter of key player with legitimate athletic 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.
Cramer is one of only six players selected from Pioneer Football League institutions along with John Behm (Davidson), Desmond Cox (Morehead State), Rainer Duzan (Morehead State), Blake Oliaro (San Diego) and Nate Blair (Valparaiso). Cramer is also one of four members selected from a school located in the state of North Carolina along with John Behm (Davidson), A.J. Harris (Elon) and Jamie Dunaway (Gardner-Webb).