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Junior Brian Labat (pictured) and teammate Will Ratelle were named to the 2015 FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team on Friday.
Labat, Ratelle named FCS ADA Academic All-Stars
Courtesy: UNDsports.com
Release: 01/08/2016
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CLEVELAND -- North Dakota linebackers Brian Labat and Will Ratelle were two of the 52 football student-athletes named to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team on Friday.

"This program is continuing to make positive strides not only on the football field, but also in the classroom and these two young men are just another example of that," UND athletics director Brian Faison said.

Both Labat and Ratelle earned All-Big Sky Conference honors for their play on the field this season. Labat, who owns a 3.85 cumulative GPA in Biology, was named to the second team after recording 33 tackles and coming up with UND's lone defensive touchdown of the season with a pick-six against Northern Colorado.

Ratelle, who owns a 3.25 cumulative GPA in Kinesiology, was one of the top tacklers in the league, cracking the century mark for the second-consecutive season with 110 total stops. He also led the team with 12.5 tackles for loss.

"Brian and Will are the type of young men that we want all of our players to emulate," UND head coach Bubba Schweigert said. "They excel both in the classroom and on the field in a competitive football league."

Labat and Ratelle are the sixth and seventh UND football players, respectively, and first since 2010 to be named to this team since the Fighting Hawks joined the FCS prior to the 2008 season. Ty Boyle was the last UND football player to receive this honor.

Football players from all FCS institutions are eligible for the award. Each of the nominees were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or key player with legitimate athletics 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.

The Big Sky Conference led all leagues with nine student-athletes named to the All-Star Team, and the Missouri Valley Conference followed with eight award winners from its member institutions.

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