FORMER BULLDOG NAMED REGIONAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Mike Klobucher To Represent Great Lakes Region On National Ballot
Former Ferris State University football standout Mike Klobucher (Grand Haven/North Muskegon) was recently selected the 2006-07 Great Lakes Region Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association (CCA).
Klobucher, who concluded his four-year collegiate career at FSU in 2006, was among 16 regional winners with eight men and eight women to receive the award which is co-sponsored by the CCA and Disney Sports Attractions. A male and female Division II Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be chosen from the 16 regional award recipients.
The award provides an opportunity for Division II to highlight the achievements of its student-athletes. The commissioners from the regions which comprise the Division II basketball alignment selected the regional winners. To be nominated for consideration, a student-athlete must have attained a 3.0 career cumulative grade point average and possess outstanding athletic credentials.
The national award winners will be announced in late September.
Klobucher was honored as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) 2006-07 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year as voted by the conference's faculty-athletic representatives.
Klobucher wrapped up his four-year (2003-06) football-playing career as one of the most decorated players in Ferris State's history. The three-year starter at middle linebacker not only was the 2006 recipient of the Jack H. McAvoy Award for outstanding character and leadership on the field, but also received ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Football First-Team accolades as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and was tabbed a 2006 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches All-America Team honoree.
The two-time (2005-06) team defensive co-captain was chosen as member of the 2006 National Football Foundation's (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete Class and was a finalist for the prestigious Draddy Trophy, which is awarded annually to college football's top scholar-athlete. In late April 2007, Klobucher was inducted into the inaugural NFF National Honor Society after being selected as the 2006 NFF Michigan Chapter's Morley Fraser Award Division II Scholar-Athlete.
The 2006 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) First-Team pick and two-time (2005-06) FSU Most Valuable Player paced Ferris State in tackles this past campaign for the third consecutive year with 92 total stops (47 solos) in 10 contests as the nationally-ranked Bulldogs produced their best record since 1996 at 8-3-0 overall. He finished 26th among the final NCAA-II statistical leaders in total tackles per game (9.2 avg.) while ranking 31st in solo tackles (4.7 avg.). The 2006 FSU football Rich Currie E.P.E.P. (Every Player, Every Play) Award co-winner concluded his collegiate career ranking seventh among the program's all-time tackles leaders with 389 career stops (206 solos) in 42 games.
An Applied Biology major, Klobucher garnered 2006 GLIAC All-Academic Team laurels and was the 2006 squad's recipient of the FSU President's Academic Award for having the team's highest cumulative grade point average.
Klobucher was tabbed as the 2006 October Male Athlete Bulldog of The Month honoree and also was selected as the 2006-07 male student-athlete recipient of the Dean Davenport "Bulldog of the Year" Award, which is presented annually by the Ferris State Athletics Department to the most outstanding male and female student-athlete.
Klobucher is the second Ferris State student-athlete to ever receive this honor in the school's athletics history, joining former softball standout Anne Bentley (2000).