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Faraci Garners NEC Football Scholar-Athlete Honor

Monday, February 8, 2016

Pittsburgh, P.a. – Redshirt senior offensive lineman Nick Faraci (McDonald, Pa. / South Fayette) of the Robert Morris University football team was honored by the Northeast Conference (NEC) for his achievements on the field and in classroom, as he was chosen 2015 NEC Football Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year in an announcement by the league office Monday afternoon.

This is the second straight year that Faraci has claimed this honor as well as the fifth time in six years that a Colonial has earned this distinction. 

To 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 at their institution, maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 and participated with distinction as a member of a varsity team.

Faraci carried a 3.94 grade point average while obtaining his degree in nursing.

Faraci started all 44 games possible over the past four years after redshirting in his freshman season. His 44 career starts are tied for the most in program history and are the highest such figure by a non-specialist. The veteran was one of four permanent captains in 2015 and served as an organizer of his teammates on the line in regard to pre-snap calls. Faraci helped Robert Morris rush for 228 yards at No. 6 South Dakota State, the second-highest rushing figure the Jackrabbits have allowed in their past 16 games against FCS foes. He and his teammates also did not yield a sack in that contest, marking the first time in school history that the Colonials did not allow a sack when facing a nationally ranked team. Faraci also helped RMU's primary running back rush for 152 yards at No. 17 Youngstown State, the most rushing yards the Penguins allowed to a single FCS athlete this past season. Faraci was part of a line that did not allow a sack in each of RMU's final two games of the season, marking the first time in over five years that the Colonials had gone back-to-back games without yielding a sack. He also helped RMU rush for 200+ yards in back-to-back games for the first time since 2010.

This prestigious accolade is the latest for Faraci in a long line of honors that have recognized his unique academic and athletic skill set. He earned Academic All-America honors for the second straight year this past December when he shared a spot on the First Team with starters from Baylor, Ohio State and Oklahoma. He was also named as one of 10 finalists for a $5,000 postgraduate scholarship by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association last month in addition to being named to the organization’s Academic All-Star Team for the second year running.

In addition to the honor for Faraci, a total of 77 student-athletes from Robert Morris covering five fall sports, including 40 male student-athletes, were named to the 2015 NEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. To be eligible for the honor roll, student-athletes must have posted a cumulative GPA of 3.2 and be an active member of an officially recognized varsity team. Freshmen are eligible for the honor roll. 

Of RMU’s 77 student-athletes to be named to the 2015 NEC Fall Academic Honor Roll, 27 were named to the NEC Fall Commissioner’s Honor Roll. To garner that honor, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.75, and freshmen are eligible for the honor roll.

To view the entire list of Robert Morris student-athletes that competed in a fall sport named to either the 2015 NEC Academic Honor Roll or the 2015 NEC Commissioner's Honor Roll, please click here.