GREENVILLE, S.C -- Furman senior tight end Andy Schumpert is among 13 finalists for the 2017 STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award, it was announced today.
Named after the wife of legendary coach Grambling State coach Eddie Robinson, the award is presented to an Football Championship Subdivision student-athlete who excels not only in the classroom, but in the community and beyond.
STATS will announce the winner on Monday and honor him at the FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation on Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas — on the eve of the national championship game.
Schumpert, a consensus first team All-Southern Conference selection this year, caught 32 passes for 652 yards and team leading nine touchdowns in helping Furman to an 8-5 record and second round appearance in the FCS playoffs. A preseason No. 7 pick in a poll of SoCon head coaches, the Paladins started the year 0-3 but turned their campaign around by winning seven straight games en route to earning a playoff bid — the program's first since 2013.
The 6-foot-5, 202-pound Schumpert ranked among the FCS leaders in yards per catch (20.4). His nine touchdown catches represented the highest tally by a tight end and second highest overall season tally in Furman history.
The Brentwood, Tenn., product sports a 3.77 grade point average in accounting and was recently selected to the CoSIDA District 4 Academic All-America team.
The three-time SoCon Academic Honor Roll choice has also been involved in community service during his Furman career, delivering Christmas gifts to low-income families and also participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program from low-income taxpayers in Greenville the last two years.
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information