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Nearhoof Tabbed Northeast Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Pittsburgh - For the second straight year, junior defensive lineman Nolan Nearhoof (Gibsonia, Pa. / Mars Area) of the Robert Morris University football team was honored by the Northeast Conference Tuesday for his performance on the field and in the classroom, as he was named the 2011 NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the sport of football.

The fourth player in program history to garner the award, Nearhoof is the first student-athlete to earn the honor on multiple occasions. He also took home the 2010 NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for football. Nearhoof joins former linebackers Jonathan LeDonne (2004) and Adam Lawrence (2008) and former defensive lineman Ray Gensler (2006) to be bestowed with the award.

nearhoofmugTo be eligible for the NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in a sport, a student-athlete must have earned a minimum of 60 semester hours, maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 and participated with distinction as a member of a varsity team. A biology major, Nearhoof has posted a cumulative GPA of 3.84 through the 2011 fall semester.

A 2011 All-NEC First Team honoree, Nearhoof finished fourth for the Colonials with 60 tackles, including 24 solo stops. He ranked fourth in the NEC in sacks (7.5) and sixth in tackles for loss (12.5), both of which led Robert Morris. RMU's active leader in career tackles with 137, Nearhoof owns 16 career sacks, just four shy of breaking Gensler's career mark that he established from 2003 to 2006.

Nearhoof was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Second Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in December, his second straight honor. He joined Gensler as the only players in school history to earn Academic All-American honors on multiple occasions.

In addition to the honor for Nearhoof, a total of 105 student-athletes from Robert Morris covering seven fall sports, including 54 male student-athletes, were named to the 2011 NEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. To be eligible for the honor roll, student-athletes must have posted a cumulative GPA of 3.20 and be an active member of an officially recognized varsity team. Freshmen are eligible honor roll.

Of RMU's 105 student-athletes to be named to the 2011 NEC Fall Academic Honor Roll, 37 were named to the NEC Fall Commissioner's Honor Roll. To garner the honor, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.75, and freshmen are eligible for the honor roll.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.