December 7 2011
Clay Garcia of Colorado School of Mines named top scholar-athlete on Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Football TeamThe 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® football teams are being announced this week (Monday-Thursday, Dec. 5-8). This year, with the expansion of the Capital One program from two teams (University and College Divisions) to four teams (Division I, Division II, Division III and College Divisions), one divisional team per day will be announced.
Monday, Dec. 5: AAA College Division football teams
Tuesday, Dec. 6: AAA Division III football teams
Wednesday, Dec. 7: AAA Division II football teams
Thursday, Dec. 8: AAA Division I football teams
LAST WEEK: Announcement of the Capital One Academic All-America® men's & women's soccer teams
NEXT UP: Announcement of the Capital One Academic All-America® volleyball teams (Monday-Thursday, Dec. 12-15) in the same date order:
Mondays (College Division teams)
Tuesdays (Division III)
Wednesdays (Division II)
Thursdays (Division I)
2011 Capital One Academic All-America Division II Football Team (PDF)
TOWSON, Md. – Quarterback Clay Garcia of Colorado School of Mines headlines the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Football Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A graduate student and a material mechanics major with a 3.91 G.P.A., Garcia has been named as the winner of the Division II Academic All-America® of the Year award for the football team.
The Capital One Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2011-12 D-II Academic All-America® teams program.
Four members of the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Football first team and eight members of the second team represent teams that qualified for the NCAA Division II Football Championship, including two first team members from St. Cloud State.
The 26 members of the first team have a 3.84 average G.P.A.
Ohio Dominican led all schools with three first team selections while Indianapolis, St. Cloud State and Fairmont State each had two first team selections.
A two-year starter, Garcia led the Orediggers to an 8-3 record this season. A repeat selection as a member of the Capital One Academic All-America® Football first team, he completed 273-of-435 passes for 3,123 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2011. A two-time selection as All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference first team, he is ranked 10th in NCAA Division II, averaging 283.45 passing yards per game.
A finalist for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, which includes a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship, Garcia is also a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy as the top player in NCAA Division II. Garcia, who led the Orediggers to the RMAC championship, the Alamosa, Col. native finished his career with 7,542 yards and 61 touchdowns.
Three senior wide receivers were named to the first team. Taylor Fore of Texas A&M-Commerce, Ryan Fornet of Indianapolis and Devin Goda of Slippery Rock earned first team honors.
A kinesiology major with a 4.0 G.P.A., Fore was named as the Lone Star Conference’s Academic Player of the Year. He tied a school record by catching 58 passes for 561 yards and two touchdowns. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, he also returned punts for the Lions, averaging 8.8 yards per return. Forney, a graduate student working on his Master’s degree in business administration with a 3.50 G.P.A., was one of the leading receivers in NCAA Division II. A first team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection, he caught 80 passes for 1,131 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Greyhounds.
A three-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference selection, Goda is a safety management major with a 3.62 G.P.A. The second-leading receiver in the conference, he caught 75 passes for 1,028 yards and 11 touchdowns. A native of Monongahela, Pa., Goda led Slippery Rock to an 8-3 record and a runner-up finish in the PSAC.
A senior business major with a 3.68 G.P.A., Zach Delo of Seton Hill was named as the tight end on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II first team. A native of Ambridge, Pa., Delo caught 33 passes for 379 yards and a touchdown en route to All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors for the third consecutive season.
Seniors Mike Noffsinger of Ohio Dominican and Josh Renel of Wayne State are the running backs on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II first team. A business administration major with a 3.72 G.P.A., Noffsinger is one of three Ohio Dominican players who were named to the first team. A second team all-conference selection, Noffsinger ran for 1,242 yards while leading the Panthers to a 7-4 record. The 16th-leading rusher in the nation, the West Branch, Mich. native scored 13 touchdowns.
A marketing major with a 3.63 G.P.A., Renel is Wayne State’s second-leading rusher with 1,262 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. A native of Rochester Hills, Mich., he is averaging 148.3 all-purpose yards per game. Renel has helped Wayne State reach the NCAA Division II semi-finals with an 11-3 record. The Warriors, who eliminated defending champion Minnesota-Duluth last week, will face Winston-Salem in the semi-finals this week.
Senior Ben Vulop of Ohio Dominican joins James Kee of Harding, Andrew Mansaray of Indianapolis, Sean McGowan of Chadron State and Matt Theis of St. Cloud State as the offensive linemen on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II football first team.
A three-year starter at guard, Vulop is a biology major with a 3.79 G.P.A. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he helped the Panthers post a 7-4 record and made 38 career starts. A biochemistry and molecular biology major carrying a 3.87 G.P.A., Kee was a three-year starter at guard for Harding. A native of Searcy, Ark., he blocked for the top rushing offense in the nation as the Bison averaged an NCAA-leading 369 yards per game. A graduate student pursuing his Master’s of Business Administration degree with a 3.87 G.P.A., Mansaray was a three-year starter at Indianapolis. An honorable mention all-conference choice, he played guard and tackle for the Greyhounds who were 7-4 this season.
A two-time All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Association second team selection, McGowan is a three-year starter at center who postponed medical school admission to play his final year at Chadron State. A biology major with a 3.90 G.P.A., he helped the Eagles post a 6-5 record. An accounting major with a 3.76 G.P.A., Theis led No. 14 St. Cloud State to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title and an NCAA playoff berth. A three-year starter at tackle, he earned all-conference honors three times. An Eden Valley, Minn. native, Theis guided St. Cloud to a 9-3 record.
A graduate student working on his M.B.A., Frank Keenan of Fairmont State is the place kicker on the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® Football Division II first team. A second team All-WVIAC pick, the Byfleet, England native scored 70 points, making 10 field goals and hitting 40-of-41 extra point attempts.
Senior linebacker Ian Wild of Mercyhurst leads the defensive unit of the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Football first team. A business and finance major with a 3.91 G.P.A., he earned first team honors for the second straight year. A three-time selection as All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, Wild led Mercyhurst with 90 tackles despite missing three games with an injury. Wild recorded double-digit tackles in six games and had a team-leading seven sacks with five forced fumbles. He finished his career with 304 tackles, eighth on the Lakers’ all-time list.
Seniors Alex Whitehill of Fort Hays State and Lee Meisner of Colorado State-Pueblo are the other two linebackers on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Football first team.
A nursing major with a 3.56 G.P.A., Whitehill led NCAA Division II with 164 tackles, just five short of the national record. A two-time All-MIAA selection, he was a pre-season All-American honoree who made 20 tackles in three different games this season. A business management major with a 3.91 G.P.A., Meisner was named as the Regional Defensive Player of the Year after leading Colorado State-Pueblo to an 11-0 regular season record and the number one seed in the Division II playoffs. The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champion Thunderwolves lost in the opening round of the playoffs. A native of Sterling, Col., he made 98 tackles with four interceptions.
Due to a tie in the voting, there were five defensive linemen on the Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Football first team. Seniors Matthew Schwartz of St. Cloud State and Lincoln Smith of Northern State were joined on the first team by juniors Jacob Clark of Michigan Tech and Kenny Smith of Missouri Southern State. Sophomore Garrett Wilcox of Ohio Dominican rounds out the defensive line.
A finance major with a 3.84 G.P.A., Schwartz earned first team All-NSIC honors at defensive end. While helping St. Cloud State to a 9-3 record and the NSIC championship, he made 37 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for lost yardage. A management major holding a 3.97 G.P.A., Smith made 31 tackles for the Wolves. A native of Phillip, S.D., he had five tackles for lost yardage and three sacks.
Clark is a civil engineering major with a 3.96 G.P.A. and helped Michigan Tech lead the GLIAC in defense by making 42 tackles with 6.5 tackles for lost yardage and four sacks. The Lansing, Mich. native recovered two fumbles. A biology major with a 3.67 G.P.A., Smith was named second team All-MIAA for Missouri Southern State. A native of Claremore, Okla., he made 45 tackles and led the Lions with 13 tackles for lost yardage while recording six sacks.
Senior Shawn Sopic of Clarion joins juniors Trent deBraga of Colorado Mesa, Brett Ginn of Central Missouri and Dewey McDonald of Fairmont State in the secondary.
A chemistry major with a 3.91 G.P.A., Sopic was a four-year starter at safety at Clarion. The Golden Eagles’ team captain, he missed the 2010 season with an injury. A native of Curwensville, Pa., he made 64 tackles as a senior and finished his career with 229 tackles and five interceptions. A criminal justice major with a perfect 4.0 G.P.A., deBraga was named third team All-RMAC for the Mavericks. He was second on the team with 103 tackles and intercepted three passes, returning two for touchdowns. He also led the RMAC with a 29.1 kickoff return average.
A finance major with a 3.98 G.P.A., Ginn was Central Missouri’s third-leading tackler with 57 tackles. He also intercepted two passes. A two-time All-WVIAC pick, McDonald has a double major of business management and sport management with a 3.92 G.P.A. He was second on the team with 73 tackles with one interception.
Senior punter Frank Atherton of Fort Lewis rounds out the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Football first team. A Kamuela, Hawaii native, Atherton averaged 37.3 yards per punt and placed 22 of his 83 punts inside the 20-yard line. Atherton has a double major of exercise science and exercise specialist and holds a perfect 4.00 G.P.A.
About the Capital One Academic All-America® program
To be eligible for Capital One Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. 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 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit http://cosida.com/Awards/allamerica.aspx.
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