Winfield, Kan., Dec. 20, 2011 — Five Southwestern College football players have been named 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Across the nation 244 football student-athletes received this honor.

Student-athletes are nominated by their institution’s head coach and must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status in order qualify for the honor.

Southwestern College football players recognized include: Wayne Clutter, Colwich; Cass Myers, South Haven; William Butler, Mount Vernon, Texas; Zak Tazkargy, Wellington; and Zach Thimmesch, Andover.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,800 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at five professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.