November 23 2010
Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy, Minnesota Duluth running back Isaac Odim lead ESPN Academic All-America® Football Teams
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TOWSON, Md. –
Quarterback Greg McElroy of the University of Alabama
and running back Isaac Odim of Minnesota Duluth
headline the 2010 ESPN Academic All-America® Football Teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
McElroy has been named as the Academic All-America® of the Year for the University Division while Odim has been chosen as the Academic All-America® of the Year for the College Division.
A graduate student who earned his degree in business marketing with a 3.82 grade point average (G.P.A.), McElroy
is pursuing a Master’s degree in sports administration and has a 4.00 G.P.A. A Rhodes Scholarship finalist, he has been a two-year starter at quarterback for the Crimson Tide. McElroy has started 25 games at Alabama and has won 23 of those starts.
In 2009, McElroy quarterbacked Alabama to a 14-0 record and the BCS national championship with a 37-21 victory over Texas. He was also the Most Valuable Player of the Southeastern Conference championship as the Southlake, Texas native led the Crimson Tide to a 32-13 win over Florida. McElroy, who graduated from Alabama in three years, has led 10th-ranked Alabama to a 9-2 record this season. He has completed 182 of 259 passes for 2,390 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.
In his career, he has thrown for 5,094 yards and 36 touchdowns. The owner of the lowest interception percentage in SEC history, he has thrown only ten interceptions in his career.
The recipient of an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation, McElroy ranks sixth among active NCAA quarterbacks with a 152.76 passing efficiency.
A mechanical engineering major with a 3.85 GPA, Odim
suffered a season-ending knee injury midway through the year at Minnesota Duluth. A repeat selection on the ESPN Academic All-America® College Division first team, he was selected to five different All-American first teams as a junior.
A member of the Bulldogs’ NCAA Division II national championship team as a sophomore, he finished his career as UMD’s career leader with 4,245 rushing yards on 589 attempts, an amazing 7.2 average. A three-time All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) selection, he was named as the NSIC Offensive Player of the Year twice.
In six games this season, he rushed for 796 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. At the time of his injury, he was leading the nation in rushing, all-purpose yards and scoring. A member of three NSIC championship teams, Odim is part of a team that has an 11-0 record and earned a first round bye in the NCAA Division II playoffs.
As a junior, the Rochester, Minn. native helped the Bulldogs to an 11-1 record by rushing for 1,774 yards and 29 touchdowns. The Bulldogs, who have lost only two games the last three seasons, were upset in the first round of the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2009.
ESPN Academic All-America® University Division
The 25 members of the ESPN Academic All-America® University Division first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.79. Two members of the first team have perfect 4.0 G.P.A.’s.
The 2010 ESPN Academic All-America® University Division first team features two scholar-athletes who earned first team notice for the third year in a row - running back Kyle Minnett of South Dakota State and defensive lineman Brandon Wingeier of Dayton
Senior offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski of Penn State
and senior defensive lineman Sam Acho of Texas
are the only other repeat selections of the ESPN Academic All-America® University Division first team. Junior running back Jacquise Terry of Kent State, junior offensive lineman John Dowd of the U.S. Naval Academy and junior offensive lineman Barrett Jones of Alabama
, all second team choices in 2009, were named to the ESPN Academic All-America® University Division first team this year.
Led by Penn State, four schools had more than one representative on the ESPN Academic All-America® University Division first team. Alabama, Dayton and Southern Illinois each placed two scholar-athletes on the first team.
In addition to Wisniewski, junior defensive lineman Pete Massaro and senior linebacker Chris Colasanti
give the Nittany Lions three first team honorees.
While McElroy and Jones represent Alabama on the first team, Wingeier and senior defensive back A.J. Kaltenbach of Dayton were also named to the first team.
Senior wide receiver Joe Allaria and junior defensive lineman Chance Coda of Southern Illinois
each made the first team for the first time.
Seniors Kealoha Pilares of Hawaii and Anthony Nelson of Massachusetts
join Allaria as the wide receivers on the first team while senior Kyle Adams of Purdue
is the tight end. On the offensive line, seniors Chase Beeler and Patrick Conroy of Brown
join Dowd, Jones and Wisniewski.
While Acho, Coda, Massaro and Wingeier are the defensive linemen on the first team, graduate student Michael Hodges of Texas A&M
joins senior Kyle Glazier and Colasanti as the linebackers.
Seniors Erik Stoll of Montana
and Jordan Trimble of U.S. Military Academy
have been honored as first team defensive backs, along with junior Austin Cassidy of Nebraska
A senior from Notre Dame, place kicker David Ruffer
was also named to the first team, along with junior punter Drew Butler of Georgia
On the ESPN Academic All-America® University Division first team, there are 16 seniors and seven juniors. McElroy and Hodges are the only graduate students named to the first team.
A starter in ten games at South Dakota State, Minett
is an economics major with a 3.67 G.P.A. Chosen as an All-Missouri Valley Conference selection twice, he is a strong candidate for the Walter Payton Award as the top player in NCAA FCS. As a senior, he ran for 1,208 yards and scored 12 touchdowns to lead the MVC. A native of Ruthton, Minn., Minett finished his career with a school record 4,277 yards while scoring a school record 54 touchdowns. He also had three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
A mechanical engineering major with a 3.78 G.P.A., Wingeier
was a three-year starter on the defensive line for Dayton. During his career, he led the Flyers to a 39-7 record. As a senior, he made 36 tackles with four sacks, helping 24th-ranked Dayton to a 10-1 record and its third straight Pioneer Football League championship. A native of Newark, Ohio, he was named first team All-PFL twice.
An honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference selection as a junior, Acho helped Texas reach the BCS championship game last season. An Honors business major with a 3.55 G.P.A., he has made 58 tackles for the Longhorns this year. A native of Dallas, Texas, Acho has played in 49 career games with 25 starts. A member of Playboy’s All-America team, he has made 147 tackles with 23.5 sacks in his career.
A junior with a major in aeronautics and a 3.66 G.P.A., Terry is
the leading rusher for Kent State with 542 yards and a 3.6 average. With nine touchdowns scored, he ranks among the Mid-American Conference leaders. A versatile player who can also play wide receiver, he is the third on the team with 23 receptions for 285 yards and two touchdowns. A native of Phenix, Ala., he was named to the Mid-American Conference Academic first team last season.
A starter at right guard in all 11 games at Navy, Dowd
has helped the Mids to a 7-4 record and a berth in the Poinsettia Bowl. A mechanical engineering major with a 3.92 G.P.A., he is a two-year starter who has helped Navy rank among the national leaders with 302.7 rushing yards per game. A native of Staten Island, N.Y., Dowd has been a key blocker for record-setting quarterback Ricky Dobbs.
An accounting major with a perfect 4.00 G.P.A., Jones
has started 24 of the last 25 games at Alabama and helped the Crimson Tide win the 2009 BCS national championship. One of the blockers for the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram, he joins McElroy as Alabama representatives on the ESPN Academic All-America® University Division first team. A native of Memphis, Tenn., he was a Freshman All-American honoree.
The second-leading tackler for Dayton, Kaltenbach
is a business marketing major with a 3.54 G.P.A. While helping the 24th-ranked Flyers post a 10-1 record, he made 59 tackles and intercepted two passes. A starter at safety in his senior season, he helped Dayton win three straight Pioneer Football League championships. A native of New Albany, Ohio, he is enrolled in the University’s Honors Program.
Wisniewski, Massaro and Colasanti have led Penn State to a 7-4 this season. A three-year starter at right guard for the Nittany Lions, Wisniewski
was named first team All-Big Ten Conference as a junior in 2009. A secondary education major with a 3.91 G.P.A., he was a second team ESPN All-America® selection as a sophomore and earned first team notice in 2009. Honored as a pre-season All-American in 2010, he is a member of the AFCA Good Works team. A native of Bridgeville, Pa., Wisniewski has made two mission trips to the Dominican Republic in the last 16 months.
A finance major with a 3.83 G.P.A., Massaro
has started nine of 11 games for the Nittany Lions. He has made 30 tackles with 3.5 sacks. He has made eight tackles for lost yardage, a mark that leads the team. An Academic All-Big Ten Conference selection, the Newtown Square, Pa. native has made a full recovery from an ACL injury which sidelined him for the 2009 season.
The Nittany Lions’ leading tackler, Colasanti
has a double major in kinesiology and pre-medicine with a 3.61 G.P.A. With 92 tackles, Colasanti is second in the Big Ten Conference. A first-year starter at middle linebacker, he made 18 tackles against Illinois, the highest total in the Big Ten this season. A native of Leonard, Mich., he earned Academic All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore and junior.
Allaria and Coda helped Southern Illinois post a 5-6 record this season.
A second team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection at wide receiver, Allaria
is a marketing major with a 3.75 G.P.A. One of the leading receivers in NCAA FCS, he finished the season with 58 receptions for 511 yards and three touchdowns. One of the Salukis’ team captains, he caught a pass in 31 consecutive games. A native of Edwardsville, Ill., he finished his career with 138 receptions, second on the Southern Illinois career receiving list.
A three-year starter at defensive end for the Salukis, Coda
is an accounting major with a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. Named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Academic team last season, Coda ranks among the team leaders with 30 tackles. A starter in 36 consecutive games, he leads SIU with five sacks. A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., he has blocked three field goals in his college career.
, who has a double major in kinesiology and recreation science and a 3.61 G.P.A., has helped Hawaii post an 8-3 record. One of the top receivers in the nation, he has caught 73 passes for 1,099 yards and 13 touchdowns. The second-leading receiver in the Western Athletic Conference, he set a school record with 18 receptions for 218 yards and two touchdowns against Louisiana Tech. A native of Wahiawa, Hawaii, Pilares caught three touchdown passes against Southern California.
A first team All-Colonial Athletic Association wide receiver as a junior and senior, Nelson
led the CAA with 61 catches for 830 yards and four touchdowns. An economics major with a 3.88 G.P.A., he helped Massachusetts post a 6-5 record. A transfer from Hofstra, he finished his career with 180 receptions for 2,212 yards. A native of Wellington, Fla., Nelson also excelled as a return specialist.
A two-year starter at tight end for Purdue, Adams
is a management major with a 3.97 G.P.A. One of the Boilermakers’ team captains, Adams was the team’s top receiver with 33 catches for 210 yards. The president of Purdue’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, he has caught 76 passes for 626 yards and three touchdowns in his career. A native of Austin, Texas, he is a Rhodes Scholarship candidate who earned Academic All-Big Ten honors twice.
A History major with a 3.68 G.P.A., Beeler
has started all 11 games at offensive center for Stanford, helping the seventh-ranked Cardinal to a 10-1 record. A second team All-Pacific 10 Conference selection as a junior, he earned pre-season All-American honors from The Sporting News
. A native of Jenks, Okla., Beeler is a candidate for the Rimington Award and the Outland Trophy.
A two-year starter at left tackle for Brown, Conroy
is a business economics major with a 3.88 G.P.A. As a senior, he helped Brown post a 6-4 record and finish second in the Ivy League with a 5-2 mark. One of the team captains, he helped Brown’s offense rank near the top of the Ivy League. A native of Leesburg, Va., he was part of an offensive line that allowed only four sacks all season.
A law enforcement and justice administration major with a 3.88 G.P.A., Glazier
led Western Illinois to a 7-4 record and a berth in the NCAA FCS playoffs. One of the NCAA FCS leaders, he has recorded 137 tackles in 11 games. In a win at Missouri State, he made 25 tackles, the top mark in NCAA FCS this season. Named as a pre-season All-American, Glazier was named first team All-Missouri Valley Conference as a senior. A native of Geneseo, Ill., he has made 362 tackles in his career.
A graduate student who is pursuing his Master’s degree in business administration, Hodge
has led Texas A&M to an 8-3 record this season. An honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference selection in 2009, he graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in sports management and a 3.82 G.P.A. Earlier this season, he was named as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after making 19 tackles against Oklahoma. A native of Helotes, Texas, Hodge ranks sixth in the Big 12 Conference with 98 tackles.
A psychology major with a 3.88 G.P.A., Cassidy
has helped 12th-ranked Nebraska post a 9-2 record. The Cornhuskers are tied for first place in the Big 12 North with Missouri. A starter at safety for Nebraska, he has made 36 tackles with one interception. In a win at Iowa State, he intercepted a pass and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, he earned first team Academic All-Big 12 honors last season.
A starter in all 11 games for Montana, Stoll
is a biology major with a 3.92 G.P.A. The Grizzlies’ third-leading tackler, he made 82 tackles while helping Montana post a 7-4 record. An honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference selection in 2009, Stoll made 98 tackles as a key member of Montana’s NCAA FCS runner-up team that posted a 14-1 record. A native of Sandpoint, Ohio, he leads the team with five interceptions as a senior.
A systems engineering major with a 3.77 G.P.A., Trimble
has been a versatile member of the secondary at the U.S. Military Academy. While helping the Cadets post a 6-5 record, he has appeared in ten games at both safety positions. Trimble has made 34 tackles to rank second among Army’s defensive backs. In a win over North Texas, he made nine tackles and intercepted two passes. A native of Ashburn, Va., he has helped Army become bowl-eligible for the first time since 1996.
A consensus All-American punter at Georgia last year, Butler
led the nation with a 48.1 average in 2009. A telecommunication arts major with a 3.58 G.P.A., he was the winner of the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter last season. Butler owns a career punting average of 46.4 yards per kick. A Presidential Scholar at Georgia, the Duluth, Ga. native also serves as the holder on all placements for Blair Walsh. He ranks third nationally with a 41.0 net punting average.
With a 3.90 G.P.A. and a major in economics, Ruffer
is a nearly perfect student who has been a perfect place kicker at Notre Dame. The national leader in field goal percentage, he has made all 15 field goal attempts this season. In fact, he hasn’t missed a field goal attempt in his college career and has made 20 field goals in a row. While helping the Fighting Irish to a 6-5 record, he has scored a team-leading 77 points. A native of Oakton, Virginia, Ruffer kicked a 50-yard field goal against Pittsburgh, the sixth-longest field goal in school history.
Academic All-America® College Division 1st Team Features Five Repeat Selections
The 24 members of the ESPN Academic All-America® College Division first team have an average G.P.A. of 3.88. Four first team selections have perfect 4.0 G.P.A.’s.
was one of five scholar-athletes who are repeat selections on the ESPN Academic All-America® College Division Football first team.
Senior running back Ben Wartman of St. Thomas (Minn.), senior defensive lineman Mark Sullivan of Kenyon, senior linebacker Matt Freed of East Stroudsburg, and senior punter Richard Pattison of Carnegie Mellon
were named to the first team for the second straight year.
A pair of ESPN Academic All-America® College Division second team selections in 2009, senior offensive lineman Greg Kurkis of Washington & Lee
and senior defensive back Brian Doyle of Massachusetts Institute of Technology
, earned first team ESPN Academic All-American® College Division honors in 2010.
Three schools, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mercyhurst and St. Thomas (Minn.), each placed two scholar-athletes on the 2010 ESPN Academic All-America® College Division first team.
Senior offensive lineman Will Vega-Brown and Doyle represented MIT
on the first team while linebacker Bryan Boyce and defensive back Ian Wild helped Mercyhurst post a 9-2 record. Senior running back Ben Wartman and junior offensive lineman Dan Chapman have led St. Thomas (Minn.) to a 10-0 record and a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Junior quarterback Clay Garcia of Colorado School of Mines, wide receivers ZaVious Roberts of Hardin Simmons and Chad Shockley of Missouri Science and Tech
were also named to the ESPN Academic All-America® College Division offense, along with tight end Robert Carlisle of Allegheny
Seniors Ralph Curiel of Wingate and Jared Kawadler of Bentley
join Chapman, Curiel and Vega-Brown on the offensive line.
Senior Cory Beran of Chadron State, junior Richard Doolin of Case Western Reserve and senior Ryan Schmid of U.S. Coast Guard Academy
make up the defensive line, along with Sullivan. Senior John Mago of Augustana (Ill.)
joins Freed and Boyce as the linebackers. Seniors Kyle DeMus of Elmhurst and Nick Sipes of Clarion
join Doyle and Wild in the secondary.
Rounding out the ESPN Academic All-America® College Division first team are senior place kicker T.J. Chiarolanza of Lycoming
Wartman and Chapman have helped fourth-ranked St. Thomas (Minn.) to an undefeated regular season record and a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs with a 10-0 record.
A financial management major with a 3.89 G.P.A., Wartman
has been the leading rusher for the Tommies for the last few years. A first team All-American running back as a junior, Wartman has run for 987 yards and scored 13 touchdowns this season. In his career, the Prior Lake, Minn. native has rushed for a school record 4,035 yards and scored 50 touchdowns. In a 57-10 win over Benedictine in the NCAA playoffs, he ran for 149 yards and scored three touchdowns. Over the last three years, Wartman has helped the Tommies to a 29-5 record.
One of the top offensive linemen for the Tommies, Chapman
is a junior who majors in international studies and has a 3.91 G.P.A. A key performer for the Tommies’ offense which averages 45 points per game, he has started 24 consecutive games in his career and the Tommies have a 22-2 record in those contests. A native of Urbandale, Iowa, he helped St. Thomas to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in 2010.
A mechanical engineering and physics major with a 3.90 G.P.A., Vega-Brown
is a senior offensive tackle who started all nine games at M.I.T. A native of Salem, N.J., he is a three-time member of the New England Football Conference Academic team. Vega-Brown is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.
Named as the NEFC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Doyle
is a senior safety who majors in mechanical engineering with a minor in economics and has a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. In eight games, the Hopkinton, Mass. native ranks among the team leaders with 45 tackles. He has also intercepted two passes and returned punts for a 6.5 average.
A graduate student who majored in biology and had a 3.83 G.P.A., Boyce
was named as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Defensive Player of the Year for 12th-ranked Mercyhurst. He has led Mercyhurst to a 9-2 record, the PSAC West title and a berth in the NCAA playoffs. A starter in all 11 games, he leads the Lakers with 79 tackles, including 7.5 sacks. A native of Hubbard, Ohio, he ranks among the all-time tackle leaders in Mercyhurst history.
Honored as a first team All-PSAC defensive back, Wild
is a business finance major with a 3.90 G.P.A. The Lakers’ third-leading tackler with 66 stops, Wild has one interception and has broken up three passes. A second team All-PSAC selection as a junior, the Pittsburgh, Pa. native made 74 tackles in 2009.
A biology major with a 4.00 G.P.A., Sullivan
earned All-North Coast Athletic Conference honors for Kenyon. One of the Lords’ defensive leaders, the Mentor, Ohio native ranked among the team leaders with 55 tackles. With 13.5 tackles for lost yardage, he led the NCAC. A team captain as a senior, he finished his career with 37 tackles for lost yardage, second on Kenyon’s all-time list.
A three-year starter at linebacker at East Stroudsburg, Freed
earned first team All-American honors from Daktronics twice. A History major with a 3.74 G.P.A., he led the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference with 132 tackles in 2009. As a senior, he made 120 tackles with 7.5 quarterback sacks and 14 tackles for lost yardage. A native of Souderton, Pa., Freed finished his career with 399 tackles, including 45 tackles for lost yardage and 22.5 sacks.
A two-time All-University Athletic Association selection, Pattison
is a chemical engineering major with a 3.88 G.P.A. One of the top 15 punters in NCAA Division III, he punted 43 times for a 40.1 average as a senior. In three years as the Tartans’ punter, he placed 34 per cent of his punts inside the 20-yard line. The Rocky River, Ohio native is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society.
A biochemistry major with a 3.99 G.P.A., Kurkis
helped Washington & Lee win the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship. The Generals finished the season with an 8-3 record after a loss to unbeaten Thomas More in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. A three-time All-ODAC selection, the Roswell, Georgia native helped the Generals’ running game average more than 370 yards per game, fourth in the nation.
Honored as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Garcia
passed for more than 4,000 yards and 39 touchdowns for Colorado School of Mines. A mechanical engineering major with a 3.88 G.P.A., Garcia was the top-ranked quarterback in NCAA Division II as he completed 352 of 567 passes for 4,066 yards and 39 touchdowns. A native of Alamosa, Colo., Garcia led the 16th-ranked Orediggers to a 9-3 record and a berth in the NCAA playoffs.
A graduate student who earned his degree in marketing from Hardin-Simmons with a 3.92 G.P.A., Robbins
was one of the top receivers in the nation. He caught 89 passes for 1,271 yards and 12 touchdowns while leading Hardin-Simmons to an 8-2 record and the American Southwest Conference championship. A native of Mesquite, Texas, he earned first team All-ASC honors and was awarded an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation.
A History major with a 3.88 G.P.A., Shockley
was the top receiver for Missouri University of Science and Technology as a senior. The second-leading receiver in school history, the St. James, Mo. native finished his career with 206 receptions for 2,652 yards and 23 touchdowns. In 2010, he caught 87 passes for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns.
A three-year starter at tight end for Allegheny, Carlisle
has a double major of biochemistry and economics with a 3.95 G.P.A. As a senior, he caught 41 passes for 461 yards and four touchdowns while leading the Gators to a 7-3 record. A native of Garrettsville, Ohio, he is the Gators’ second-leading receiver.
A History major with a 3.91 G.P.A., Curiel
is a two-year starter at right guard who helped Wingate win its first-ever South Atlantic Conference championship. An all-conference selection, he helped the Bulldogs average more than 420 yards of total offense per game. A native of Tehachapi, Cal., he led the Bulldogs to an 8-2 regular season record and a 63-41 win over Morehouse in the opening round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.
A three-year starter at offensive center, Kawadler
led Bentley to a 5-4 record. One of the Falcons’ team captains, he has a double major in economics-finance and liberal studies with a 3.89 G.P.A. Honored as the Northeast-10 Conference Scholar-Athlete for football, he is a native of Sharon, Mass.
One of the top place kickers in NCAA Division III, Chiarolanza
is a business management and marketing major with a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. As a senior, he helped Lycoming to a 6-4 record while converting eight of ten field goal attempts. A native of Warminster, Pa., he ranked among the Middle Atlantic Conference’s top scorers with 52 points.
A two-year starter at free safety, DeMus
led Elmhurst to a 6-4 record as a senior. An accounting major with a 3.96 G.P.A., he was fifth on the team with 42 tackles in 2010. Honored as an Academic All-Conference selection three times, DeMus led the Bluejays with three interceptions as a senior. A native of Durand, Ill., he belongs to three national honor societies.
Honored as a first team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference selection at strong safety as a junior and senior, Sipes
is a biology major with a 3.75 G.P.A. As a senior, he led Clarion with 107 tackles and ranked among the PSAC leaders. In his career, the Curwensville, Pa. native made 302 tackles.
Named All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference as a junior and senior, Beran
led Chadron State to an 8-3 record in 2010. A natural sciences major with a 3.68 G.P.A., he made 47 tackles and ranked fifth on the team. A two-time RMAC All-Academic first team selection, the Sargent, Neb. native broke up four passes and scored a touchdown after a blocked punt.
An accounting major with a 4.00 G.P.A., Doolin
has been a two-year starter on the defensive line for Case Western Reserve. An All-University Athletic Association honoree, he made 36 tackles with 7.5 sacks. A native of Bethel Park, Pa., the junior standout led Case Western to an 8-2 record in 2010.
One of the team captains for Coast Guard Academy, Schmid
is a marine and environmental science major with 3.68 G.P.A. Named second team All-New England Football Conference, he made 40 tackles as a senior with four quarterback sacks. A native of Robinsville, N.J., he was also named to the NEFC All-Academic team.
, a journalism major with a 3.78 G.P.A., rounds out the ESPN Academic All-America® College Division football first team. A first team all-conference linebacker at Augustana (Ill.), he is second in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) with 114 tackles. A three-year starter for the Vikings, the Cary, Ill. native made 11 tackles for lost yardage as a senior.
CoSIDA's ESPN Academic All-America® program
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 15,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
The ESPN Academic All-America® program currently selects 12 teams at the University Division level and 12 teams at the College Division level. The program currently selects the following Academic All-America® teams: men's and women's soccer, volleyball, football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's cross country and track, women's cross country and track, men's at-large and women's at-large.
For more information about the ESPN Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com
For more information on the ESPN Academic All-America program, contact:
Dan O'Connell, Towson University
Academic All-America ® Vice-Chair For Publicity/Communications
Jeff Schwartz, North Dakota State University
Academic All-America ® Coordinator of Publicity