April 22, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Three University of Cincinnati football student-athletes, Collin McCafferty (Maineville, Ohio/Kings), J.K. Schaffer (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle), and Derek Wolfe (Lisbon, Ohio/Beaver Local) were awarded All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year honors from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
The award program, in its 32nd year, recognizes student-athletes dedication to strength training and conditioning. This year, the NSCA awarded 247 collegiate and high school athletes from 96 schools with the esteemed award.
"We are very proud of our football team and in particular these three young men," Football Strength and Conditioning Coach Dave Lawson said. "These student-athletes represent the Bearcats football program well with their consistent hard work, leadership, and most of all with their toughness. All three are very deserving of this award, demonstrated by their continued efforts both on the field and in the weight room."
McCafferty, who completed his eligibility in 2010, was voted as UC's Special Teams Player of the Year. He recorded nine tackles on the season, all on special teams.
Schaffer took Second-Team All-BIG EAST honors at linebacker after leading the defense with his 111 tackles and 67 solo stops. He made 12 starts on the way to recording his second-straight 100-tackle campaign.
Wolfe started all 12 games at defensive tackle, finishing with 48 tackles, including 29 solo stops, 6.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks, a pair of quarterback hurries, and a pass break up.
The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate and high school athletics," NSCA Executive Director Alan Kinniburgh said. "These student-athletes attest to this understanding, and are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication."
UC is scheduled to wrap spring football practice on Saturday, April 23, 2011. Following a few weeks off, the team will begin their summer conditioning program that will lead up to the start of training camp during the first week in August. The Bearcats kick off the 2011 season inside Nippert Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 1 against Austin Peay.