Western’s Jesse McCloud receives national recognition

DILLON — Former Montana Western football player Jesse McCloud received recognition for his hard-work on and off the football field.

McCloud, a grandson of legendary daredevil Evel Knievel, has been recognized by the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society for his superior academic performance and excellence in intercollegiate football. The chairman of the National Football Foundation is Archie Manning, former NFL quarterback and college football Hall-of-Fame inductee.

“I feel extremely honored to have received this award, as well as blessed to have been surrounded by so much support at Western, from athletics to academics.” McCloud said. “Without such support from teammates, coaches, advisors, staff, and especially my family I would not have had this wonderful experience.”

This award is one that McCloud can add to a long list of conference and national recognitions that include: Three time Frontier Conference defensive all-conference team, Frontier Conference academic all-conference, 2014 preseason NAIA All-American, AFCA NAIA All-American, and NAIA Daktronics Scholar Athlete.

McCloud who is a native of Manhattan, finished his season and career on high notes. During the 2014 season McCloud recorded 60 total tackles, and five interceptions that ranked him in the top 20 nationally for interceptions per game and total interceptions.  In his four-year career as a Bulldog, McCloud accumulated 246 total tackles, 13 interceptions, and two blocked kicks.

McCloud said, “I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to my Montana Western family and Go Dawgs.”

McCloud will graduate in the fall of 2015 with a degree in K-12 Art Education and a minor in K-12 health and physical education.

— Montana Western Sports Information

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