Four Southland Student-Athletes Named CoSIDA Academic All-America

first_imgAdeyemi-Berglund is the 20th student-athlete in school history to be recognized as an Academic All-American by CoSIDA and the first football representative. His selection marks the fifth straight athletic season that Southeastern has had at least one Academic All-America selection.Adeyemi-Berglund was a second team All-Southland Conference selection as a senior, as the leading pass rusher for a SLU defense that ranked among the FCS leaders in tackles for loss and sacks. Adeyemi-Berglund led the Lions with 16.0 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles to go with 61 tackles, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery.Gibbens is a first-time honoree and Fink was a First Team awardee at the conclusion of the 2018. Fink is the first Wildcat football player to receive this honor in consecutive years since defensive Bill Clayton won his third prize in 1989. Wide receiver Sean Grady also received a spot on the second team that same year.Gibbens, a native of Bulverde, Texas and accounting major with a 4.0 grade-point average was one of three first team linebackers along with Bucknell’s Rick Mottram and Nevada’s Lucas Weber.Fink, a native of Coppell, Texas and finance major will be graduating this Friday, was one of only four wide receivers nationwide named Academic All-America along wide first-team picks Brandon Arconado (Washington State) and Andrew Griffin (Princeton), and fellow second-team honoree Bryce Nunnelly (Chattanooga).Fink leaves ACU with 2,323 career receiving yards on 188 receptions and 14 touchdowns. He ranks seventh all-time at ACU in receiving yardage and third behind Jerale Badon (235) and Taylor Gabriel (215) in catches.Walker achieved a 3.69 GPA as a biochemistry/molecular biology major. He led the FCS with 15.0 sacks for losses totaling 108 yards. Walker recorded 55 tackles overall, 19.5 for losses totaling 134 yards and forced two fumbles.The Slidell, Louisiana, native was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection in 2017 and 2018. Walker was an All-Southland Conference First Team selection and earned all-conference honorable mention as a freshman and has been an academic all-conference selection each of the last two years.To be eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-American consideration, a student-athlete in his or her second year or later at his or her current institution must carry a minimum GPA of 3.3 or higher and be a key contributor in competition. The Academic All-American teams are made of first team Academic All-District selections and were voted on by the CoSIDA membership.FIRST TEAMPos.    Name                                  School                                          Yr.       GPA             MajorQB        Justin Herbert (1) ($)         University of Oregon                        Sr.        4.00            General ScienceRB        Travis Brannan                  U.S. Naval Academy                       Sr.        4.00            Ocean EngineeringRB        Ezra Gray                          Alabama State                                 Sr.        4.00            Computer Information SystemsWR       Brandon Arconado            Washington State University            Gr.       3.65            MIS (UG) / MBA (G)WR       Andrew Griffin                    Princeton University                        Sr.        3.82            Computer ScienceTE        Charlie Kolar                      Iowa State University                       Jr.        3.98            Mechanical EngineeringOL        Jacob Bacon (1)                Drake University                               Sr.        4.00            MBAOL        Eric Cal                              U.S. Naval Academy                        Sr.        3.93            ChemistryOL        Adam Holtorf (1)                Kansas State University                   Gr.       3.92/3.80     Business & Agribusiness (G)OL        Jacob Marnin (1)               Southern Illinois University               Gr.       4.00/4.00     Criminology & Criminal JusticeOL        Justin Szuba                      Monmouth University                       So.       4.00            History EducationK          Rodrigo Blankenship         University of Georgia                        Gr.       3.71/3.65     Broadcast Journalism (UG) / Journalism (G)ST        Blake Best (2)                    University of Kentucky                      Sr.        4.00            Economics & FinanceDL        Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund    Southeastern Louisiana University   Sr.        3.81            Exercise ScienceDL        Kyle Finch                          Montana State University                  Jr.        4.00            Mechanical EngineeringDL        Victor Jergens                   Drake University                                Sr.        3.98            FinanceDL        Jack Raines                       Mercer University                              Gr.       3.99            Finance / SpanishLB        Jack Gibbens                    Abilene Christian University               Sr.        4.00            AccountingLB        Rick Mottram                     Bucknell University                             Jr.        4.00            Mechanical EngineeringLB        Lucas Weber                     University of Nevada                         Gr.       4.00            Public Health (UG)/Secondary Education (G)DB        Spencer DeMedal             Duquesne University                         Jr.        3.98            BiologyDB        Kyle Hegedus                    Youngstown State University            Gr.       3.89/4.00    Exercise Science (UG)/Physical Therapy (G)DB        K.J. Smith                           University of North Alabama            Sr.        4.00            Interdisciplinary StudiesDB        Jelani Taylor                     Cornell University                               Sr.        3.95            Hotel AdministrationP          Blake Gillikin (1)                Pennsylvania State University            Sr.        4.00            KinesiologySECOND TEAMPos.     Name                                School                                                   Yr.       GPA             MajorQB       Tom Flacco (*)                Towson University                            Gr.       4.00/3.80   Applied Information Technology (G)RB        Jake Chisholm               University of Dayton                        So.       3.97           Pre-MedRB        Brad Sznajder (2)          Butler University                              Sr.        3.88           FinanceWR      Josh Fink (1)                  Abilene Christian University             Sr.        3.81          FinanceWR      Bryce Nunnelly              Chattanooga                                    Jr.        3.81           Mechanical EngineeringTE         Ean Pfeifer                   University of Louisville                     Gr.       4.00/4.00   MBA (G)OL       Blaise Andries                University of Minnesota                   Sr.        3.86           MathematicsOL       Graham Ashkettle          Eastern Kentucky University            Jr.        4.00           ChemistryOL       Isaiah Kent-Schneider   Drake University                              Gr.     3.98/4.00     Sec. Edu./Env. Science (UG)/STEM Education (G)OL       Calvin Throckmorton     University of Oregon                        Sr.        3.82            Human PhysiologyOL       Dakota Wilson (2)          Idaho State University                      Sr.        3.97            Health ScienceK          Samuel Hayworth          Eastern Kentucky University            Gr.       3.96            Biomedical Science (UG) / Public Health (G)ST        Connor McGinnis           University of Oklahoma                   Gr.       4.00            Finance (UG) / Finance (G)DL        Jonathan Clayton          Coastal Carolina University              Sr.        3.95            Business Management & MarketingDL        Brogan McPartland       Harvard University                            Sr.        3.65            Applied MathematicsDL        Sam Renner                  University of Minnesota                    Gr.       3.54/3.60  Accountancy (G)DL        Andre Walker                Houston Baptist University                Sr.        3.69            Biochemistry / Molecular BiologyLB        Jackson Hankey             North Dakota State University         Jr.        4.00            Agricultural EconomicsLB        Luke Nelson                   University of Northern Colorado      Sr.        3.97            Criminology & Criminal JusticeLB        Dante Olson                   University of Montana                      Sr.        3.91            Business Administration / ManagementDB        Jordan Fuller (1) (#)      Ohio State University                        Sr.        3.60            Business MarketingDB        Tiger Garcia (2)             UC Davis                                          Sr.        3.92            Managerial EconomicsDB        Kekaula Kaniho             Boise State University                      Jr.        3.93            Health SciencesDB        Tim Simon                      University of Dayton                        Sr.        3.83            Mechanical EngineeringP          Trent Schneider              University of South Florida              Jr.        4.00            Communication Courtesy of Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist and Southeastern Louisiana Athletics Media RelationsAUSTIN, Texas – The Southland Conference placed four football student-athletes on the 2019 Academic All-America Division I Football Teams, CoSIDA announced Monday. Southeastern Louisiana defensive lineman Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund and Abilene Christian linebacker Jack Gibbens were selected to the first team while Abilene Christian wide receiver Josh Fink and Houston Baptist defensive lineman Andre Walker appeared on the second team. In addition to being one of the team leaders for a Lion team that made its third playoff appearance in school history, Adeyemi-Berglund carries a 3.81 cumulative grade point average as an exercise science major.last_img

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