Tom Schneider Claims Scholar-Athlete Award
Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University senior quarterback Tom Schneider (Jerome/Addison) has added to his impressive list of accomplishments as he was recognized Wednesday (Dec. 14) evening as the Division II recipient of the Morley Fraser Award, which is given to a collegiate football player who demonstrates academic achievement, football ability and leadership.
The award is presented annually by the Awards Committee of the Michigan Chapter of the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame. Schneider was formally recognized for his success both on and off the field last night during the chapter's annual awards banquet. The Michigan Chapter is one of the oldest and most established chapters of the NFF.
Schneider joins former Bulldog standout linebackers Monty Brown and Mike Klobucher as winners of the prestigious award.
A senior quarterback, Schneider finished the 2011 campaign with 2,370 passing yards and 15 touchdowns while helping the Bulldogs to their first winning season since 2008. Schneider completed 66.2% (215-325) of his passes and was also the squad's second-leading rusher with 464 yards and seven TD's. He had seven games of 200 yards passing or more this season and ranked among the GLIAC's top performers in passing yards, total offense and completion percentage.
A two-time GLIAC Honorable Mention pick, Schenider earned GLIAC All-Academic Team laurels for the fourth time and was both an American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team and NFF National Scholar-Athlete nominee. The two-time team captain also received the GLIAC Commissioner's Award for the second-straight year and earned FSU's "Most Valuable Offensive Skill Player" Award for the second consecutive season.
Schneider currently owns a perfect 4.00 grade point average in recreation leadership and management.
The award is named in honor of the late Morley Fraser, who was a longtime football coach at Albion (Mich.) College and an advocate of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).