CHICAGO – Sam Houston State senior safety Adrian Contreras has been named a finalist for the 2018 STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award, according to an announcement from STATS FCS on Wednesday.
Named for the wife of legendary Grambling State head coach Eddie Robinson, the fourth annual award is presented to an FCS 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. 4 in Frisco, Texas – the eve of the FCS national championship game.
Each of the 13 FCS conferences in the country selected as a finalist with the winner to accept the honor at the banquet along with the presentation for the Walter Payton Award (FCS offensive player of the year), Buck Buchanan Award (FCS defensive player of the year), Jerry Rice Award (FCS freshman of the year) and the Eddie Robinson Award (FCS coach of the year).
Contreras has served as a captain for the Bearkats for the last three seasons and on the field has been named an honorable mention all-Southland Conference performer while starting 42 games over his four-year career and leading SHSU to the FCS playoffs three times.
Off the field he was recently named to the Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 first team, making him automatically a candidate for academic all-America honors this season. He graduated with a BS in BBA/accounting in the spring of 2018 and is scheduled to complete his master’s degree in accounting in the spring of 2019.
Contreras has served as the president of the SHSU Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) where he coordinates all SAAC activities, in addition to taking part in student-athlete welfare promotions. Along the way he helped develop curriculum for the freshman student-athlete welfare class at SHSU and also serves as the student-athlete liaison with the SHSU Faculty Staff Athletic Council.
Additionally, Contreras has taken part in numerous community activities during his time in Huntsville, including actively participating in the SHSU school supply drive and the Bearkat Mentor Program, an initiative which assists all schools (public and private) in the Huntsville area.