WASHINGTON – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its 2013 Capital One Academic All-District Teams for football on Thursday and Gallaudet University seniors defensive back Nicholas Elstad (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and defensive lineman Adham Talaat (Springfield, Va.) were named to the District Two team for Division III. Elstad and Talaat will now be added to the national ballot for the chance to earn Academic All-American honors, which will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
This is Elstad's third honor this season as he has been a consistent playmaker on defense for the Bison. He was selected as National Football Foundation (NFF) Candidate for the NFF National-Scholar Athlete Awards and named Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Defensive Player of the Week following Gallaudet's win over Apprentice School, where he had a hand in three of the six turnovers the Bison defense caused. Elstad leads the team in interceptions (three), fumble recoveries (three), pass breakups (four) and pass deflections (seven). He also ranks fifth on the team in tackles with 31 tackles (23 solo).
Talaat has been a force on defense this year. Teams consistently run away from Talaat's side but he has still racked up 30 tackles (18 solo) including 8.5 tackles for a loss, which rank him third on the team, four sacks, which rank second on the team, and four quarterback hits.
This is the second time Talaat was named to the All-District first team, previously being selected last season. He was later named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American Division III football second team. Talaat became 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. There have only been four Academic All-Americas in Gallaudet's history. Ann Whited became the first female Bison to earn the high honor last 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 2013-14 DII and DIII Academic All-America teams program.
Elstad and Talaat will play their last home regular-season game this Saturday, Nov. 9, when they take on ECFC opponent Anna Maria College at noon.
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