TOWSON, Md. – For the first time since 1993, Gallaudet University athletics department has a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America as junior defensive end Adham Talaat (Springfield, Va.) was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division III football second team.
Talaat becomes the third Bison student-athlete to earn this prestigious award and the first since Wayne Langbein was named to the men's track and field Academic All-America second team in 1993. Brian Bippus was the first Bison to earn this honor in 1991, when he was named to the men's basketball Academic All-America second team.
"Adham is a true student-athlete. He maintains an outstanding GPA to go along with his positive production on the field," said Gallaudet coach Chuck Goldstein. "He played several different positions for us this season and contributed to our success no matter where he was on the field. He gives nothing but 100 percent all the time and will be one of our leaders next season."
This is the fifth honor of the year for Talaat who was a dominant defensive force for the Bison throughout the season. CoSIDA recognized him as a Capital One Academic All-District Team for Division III on Nov. 8 for District 2, which made him eligible to be on the Academic All-America ballot. Talaat is a physical education major that has accumulated a 3.88 grade point average.
"I'm very appreciative and grateful for this honor. It feels great to know my hard work is paying off. It motivates me to keep improving and doing my best in everything I do, both on and off the field," said Talaat.
The Springfield, Va., native was named to the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) second team defense at the end of the season. Talaat received recognition after a 2.5 sack, 3.5 tackle for loss performance in a 48-26 victory over Becker College on Oct. 20 as well. For the effort he was named the ECFC Defensive Player of the Week and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Northeast Defensive Player of the Week.
Norwich University punter Andrew Banuskevich joins Talaat on the Academic All-America second team as the only two representatives from the ECFC.
To be eligible for CoSIDA Academic honors, 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 (SID).
"This is a great honor for Adham, Gallaudet University and the athletics department," said Gallaudet SID Sam Atkinson. "It has been one of my goals since I came to GU four years ago to get a Bison student-athlete on the CoSIDA Academic All-America team. We have a lot of deserving student-athletes, hopefully this is the start of many more."
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 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 www.cosida.com.
The Capital One Division II and III Academic All-America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2012-13 DII and DIII Academic All-America teams program.
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