CLEVELAND, Ohio - Gardner-Webb offensive lineman Jamie Dunaway has been named to the 14th annual FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team.
Dunaway (Lyman, S.C. / Byrnes HS) was one of six Big South Conference players selected to the 58-member team, which recognizes the top academic performers nationally in the Football Championship Subdivision. Nearly 100 student-athletes from around the country were nominated for the All-Star team, which mandates that nominees carry at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and post legitimate credentials on the field.
The 6-foot-4, 290-pound left guard carries a solid 3.56 cumulative grade point average in Mathematics Education and is the first Gardner-Webb student-athlete to earn a spot on the FCS ADA All-Star Team since kicker Hunter Smith did so in 2006.
Dunaway, who was also named to the Big South's Academic All-Conference squad following the 2011 season, started all 11 games at guard for the Runnin' Bulldogs as a junior - and has made 33 consecutive starts on the offensive line since joining the program in Boiling Springs.
The first-team All-Big South Conference selection played 724 snaps and graded out at a very strong 85.7 percent. He led the Runnin' Bulldogs with 56 knockdown blocks and played the entire season with only one penalty whistled. Dunaway also allowed just two sacks in 11 games played, and did not allow any sacks against Big South Conference competition.
His efforts up front helped clear a path for Kenny Little to become the first 1,000-yard rusher since 2000. Gardner-Webb also had two running backs - Little and Ricky Rhodes - top 500 yards each for the first time since the school moved to NCAA Division I in 2000.