University of Delaware’s Pat Devlin, Mark Mackey Selected to FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team
April 21, 2011
Photo at Top Right: QB Pat Devin (Photo by Dan Cook); Photo at Bottom Left: WR Mark Mackey (Photo by Mark Campbell)
CLEVELAND -- Seniors Pat Devlin and Mark Mackey led the University of Delaware football team to the Colonial Athletic Association title and a berth in the NCAA national championship game last fall, but the duo also starred in the classroom as well.
Devlin, a quarterback and graduate student in finance, and Mackey, a wide receiver and history major, were among 52 student-athletes selected to the 13th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star team. Both Devlin and Mackey were selected to the team for the second straight year.
To be eligible, nominees must carry a 3.2 or better cumulative grade point index, been a starter or key reserve with legitimate athletic credentials, and be at last a sophomore academically. A total of 92 student-athletes were nominated.
Devlin, a native of Downingtown, Pa. (Downingtown East High School), enjoyed a stellar season and was rated among the nation’s top-rated quarterbacks after passing for 3,032 yards and 22 touchdowns with just three interceptions in 2010. He earned All-American honors by Phil Steele College Football, Associated Press, and the College Sporting News, was named the FCS National Performer of the Year by CollegePerformance.com, played in the East-West Shrine Game, and was a top 10 finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the top senior quarterback in the country. He also was named to the ESPN/CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic first team and was a CAA All-Academic selection. He is expected to be selected in the 2010 NFL Draft later this month.
Mackey, a native of Harrisburg, Pa. (Central Dauphin High School), was a four-year letterwinner who was a two-time ESPN/CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic first team selection. An economics and math major, he carries a 3.75 grade point index and was also honored with the Newark Elks Club Scholar-Athlete Awards as the top senior student on the team in January. He was limited due to injuries in 2010 and caught just seven passes for 87 yards but finished his career with 53 receptions for 606 yards and two touchdowns.
Mackey and Devlin were among four CAA players selected, joining Anthony Nelson of Massachusetts and Matt Rae of Rhode Island. Delaware was one of just 11 schools that had two players selected to the team.
From the list of 52, eight were selected for the 10th Annual FCS ADA’s $5,000 post-graduate scholarship. They were Chance Coda and Dave Pickard of Southern Illinois, Kyle Glazier of Western Illinois, Tim McGraw of Northern Colorado, Travis Nissley of Bucknell, Tanner Scott of Dartmouth, Erik Stoll of Montana, and Brandon Wingeier of Dayton.