Valparaiso University offensive lineman Nate Blair (Crete, Ill./Andrean [Ind.] H.S.) has been named to the 14th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team.
Blair started all 11 games this season at left tackle for the Crusaders, while starting all 33 contests over his final three seasons. He is also a three-time Honorable Mention All-Pioneer Football League selection, anchoring the Valpo offensive line.
Earlier this season Blair was also named to the Capital One Academic All-District V Football Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. He also is a three-time member of Academic All-Pioneer Football League’s First Team and has been named to the PFL’s Fall Academic Honor Roll each season throughout his career.
Blair is an actuarial science major with a 3.84 grade point average.
Each of the nominees were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 in undergraduate study and have been a starter or key player with legitimate athletics credentials. There were 92 total nominees for this honor.
Blair was one of six total Pioneer Football League players to receive the accolade.