Tom Burns was the last Cavalier to win the “academic Heisman,” bringing home the hardware in 1993.
Some of Kiser’s accomplishments highlighted by the NFF in its announcement of the award:
A 2016 Second Team Academic All-American, Kiser graduated with a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs in May 2017 while boasting a 3.42 GPA. The two-time First Team Academic All-District selection currently maintains a 4.0 GPA while working toward his master’s in higher education. A Baltimore native, Kiser is a two-time Academic All-ACC selection and a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member.
A semifinalist for the 2017 Butkus Award, Kiser has racked up an impressive 134 tackles during the regular season, which leads the ACC and is tied for fourth in the nation. His 11.2 tackles per game average leads the ACC for the third consecutive year and is tied for fifth in the FBS. He also has four pass breakups and is second on the Cavaliers with five sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. Kiser’s two fumble recoveries this season are tied for second in the ACC, and he was named a finalist for the 2017 Lott IMPACT Trophy.
Kiser was joined as an ACC finalist by Miami wide receiver Braxton Barrios.
Virginia’s coaches were quick to heap praise on their senior linebacker.
Congratulations, Micah! You’ve made us all proud to root for you the past four years.