LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell's Alex Pechin was selected as a finalist for the STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award, the organization announced Wednesday.

Pechin, the 2017 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and an All-Patriot League First Team honoree, is among 13 finalists for the award, which is presented to an FCS student-athlete who excels not only in the classroom but in the community and beyond.

A junior Biomedical Engineering/Management for Engineers major, Pechin posted a punting average of 45.1 in 2017, shattering his own school record of 42.1 he set in 2015. His punting average was also slotted third in the NCAA FCS at the conclusion of the regular season.

Of Pechin's 72 punts, tied for the second-highest total in school history, 26 sailed for at least 50 yards, 34 fell inside the 20 and 22 went for fair catches; he also had zero punts blocked over the course of the season.

In the 2017 finale at Fordham on Nov. 18, Pechin averaged a season-high 50.9 yards per punt. That average was bolstered by three punts of at least 60 yards, including the sixth- (67) and ninth- (64) longest punts in school history. 

Also a 2015 All-Patriot League First Team selection and Bucknell's record holder in career punting average (43.3), Pechin is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and has been recognized on Bucknell's Dean's List every semester. Heavily involved on campus, he is a grader for Physics 211 and 212, a football team peer tutor, a Bucknell Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member and a Bucknell Athletics Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders participant.

In its third year, the STATS FCS Doris Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award is named after the wife of legendary coach Grambling State coach Eddie Robinson. STATS will announce the winner on Monday, Dec. 11 and honor him at the FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation on Friday, Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas on the eve of the national championship game.