WASHINGTON, D.C. – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced their 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Teams for football on Thursday and Gallaudet University junior defensive lineman Adham Talaat (Springfield, Va.) was named to the District Two team for Division III. Talaat will now be added to the national ballot for the chance to earn Academic All-American honors, which will be announced on Tuesday, December 4.
This is the third honor this season for Talaat who has been a dominant force for the Bison defensively. He was named the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Defensive Player of the Week and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Northeast Defensive Player of the Week, both following a 2.5 sack, 3.5 tackle for loss performance in a comfortable 48-26 victory over Becker College on Oct. 20.
With one regular season game left to play, Talaat is nationally ranked at No. 2 in the country with four forced fumbles. He has recorded 40 total tackles on the year and 10.5 tackles for a loss for a total of 70 yards. He has also added 6.5 sacks for a loss of 52 yards and two quarterback hurries. Talaat's success has carried over to the classroom as well. He is studying to receive his bachelor's degree in physical education and currently maintains a 3.88 GPA.
Gallaudet last had an Academic All-American in 1993 and has only earned two selections in program history since the inception of the awards in 1952. Wayne Langbein was named to the men's second team for track and field in 1993 and Brian Bippus was selected to the men's basketball second team in 1991. GU has had all-district honorees over the years, most recently four during the 2009-10 season.
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. District Two is comprised of Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.
CoSIDA began this program in the 1950's, and since then, has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports and across all divisions with these elite Capital One Academic All-America scholar-athlete honors. Currently, CoSIDA honors Academic All-Americans in 12 sports.
The Academic All-District teams include the student-athletes listed per sport and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the second year of the expanded Academic All-America program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
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.
Talaat and the Bison will conclude the regular season on the road on Saturday, Nov. 10, when they take on ECFC opponent Maritime (N.Y.) at 1 p.m.
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