Jacks honored as FCS ADA Academic All-Stars

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CLEVELAND – South Dakota State’s Wes Genant and Preston Tetzlaff are among the 54 student-athletes honored on the 2020-21 Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association’s Academic All-Star Team.

Genant, a senior offensive lineman from Parkston, earned a spot on the squad with a 3.89 grade-point average while majoring in biochemistry. Tetzlaff, a Brookings native and linebacker, was selected with a 3.92 GPA as a business economics major.

Each of the nominees was 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. They must have reached their 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 played at their designated position in 50 percent of their team’s games.

In addition, Tetzlaff has been included in a group of nine finalists for two $5,000 postgraduate scholarships that will be awarded later this summer. He plans to attend law school at the University of Nebraska.

A special review committee of five FCS athletics directors was responsible for selecting the 2020-21 Academic All-Star Team and FCS ADA Postgraduate Scholarship finalists.

SDSU has had at least one student-athlete honored on the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team each of the last 15 seasons. Cory Koenig (2007), Ryan Berry (2008), Zach Zenner (2014) and Taryn Christion (2018) were also honored as FCS ADA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients.

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