Colts Honor 2010 Indiana High School Academic All-Stars
In conjunction with the Indiana High School Athletic Association and the Indiana Football Coaches Association, the Indianapolis Colts will cite 24 outstanding student-athletes with an award called the 2010 Indiana High School Academic All-Stars, this Sunday.
The Colts, the IHSAA and the IFCA have worked together for the past 12 years to present this annual award to the top student-athletes at each position. This year, the IFCA polled high school head coaches around the state, and the coaches tabbed approximately 98 players who ranked in the top two percent of their respective classes. The IFCA selection committee narrowed the list to 24 winners, and those chosen truly represent the spirit of the award. Eighteen of the 24 honorees are either class valedictorian (16) or salutatorian (two). Nine of the 10 high school regions throughout the State of Indiana have an award-winner, and each of the state's five classes is represented on the all-star team.
The 24 2010 Indiana High School Academic All-Stars will be honored on Sunday at a morning program, and they will be presented during the Colts-Jacksonville Jaguars game (kickoff is 1:00 p.m. ET).
"On behalf of Jim Irsay and the Irsay family, and with deep appreciation for the IHSAA and IFCA, the Colts are pleased to honor 24 outstanding football players who represent their families and schools in an outstanding manner," said Colts President Bill Polian. "The dedication it takes to be an excellent achiever in the classroom and on the playing field is something that goes unnoticed too often. This award honors those young men who carry themselves with dignity, integrity and a sense of purpose. They, like many other students, possess the values cherished in young adults. We are pleased to identify these individuals, and it will be an honor to recognize them on our playing field this Sunday."
"As it has been for the past 12 years, it was a very difficult task to honor the top 24 student-athletes by position for the Indiana High School Academic All-Stars. As the executive secretary of the Indiana Football Coaches Association, I want to thank the committee members for taking time out of their schedules to meet recently to select this unique team. I also want to thank all of the head coaches throughout the state who took the time to nominate these outstanding student-athletes for this very prestigious team. Finally, on behalf of the Indiana Football Coaches Association, I would like to thank Bill Polian and the Indianapolis Colts organization for recognizing and honoring our top student-athletes in the sport of football throughout the state," said Mark A. Miller, athletic director and head football coach at Rochester High School and past IFCA president.
2010 Indiana High School Academic All-Stars
Pos. Name, High School
OL Blake Dunshee, Zionsville
OL Ryan Mughmaw, Oak Hill
OL Jackson Branson, Madison-Grant
OL Jordan Leising, Bluffton
OL Michael Furfaro, Mishawaka
TE Matthew Nagy Brebeuf, Jesuit
WR Kendall Griffin, Avon
WR Clint Romines, Woodlan
RB Darin Hochstetler, Fairfield
QB Jason Stemple, Mt. Vernon
QB Kyle Hartson, LaPorte
PK Neil Miller, Wabash
Pos. Name, High School
DL Alex Hegg, Seeger
DL Clint Davis, Ft. Wayne Northside
DL Spencer Murphy, North Miami
DL Daniel Dalton, Wood Memorial
LB Calvin Eads, Plymouth
LB Brad Qualizza, Crown Point
LB Kyle Patton, West Lafayette
DB Devon Hudson, South Decatur
DB Scott McKibben, Lakeland
DB Ben Townsend, Blackford
DB Tyler Simmons, Kankakee Valley
P Miles Stacey, TC Howe Academy