WASHINGTON - The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced it's 2016 Academic All-District™ Football Teams and Gallaudet University sophomore offensive lineman Brad Peterson (DuBois, Pa.) was named to the District 2 team for Division III. Peterson will now be added to the national ballot for the chance to earn Academic All-America honors, which will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Peterson is the sixth Gallaudet football player in program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District™ honors. This is the fifth straight year the Gallaudet football program has had someone earn CoSIDA Academic All-District™ honors.
Peterson has started every game this season for the Bison on the offensive line and hasn't missed a start his entire career (18 straight games). He has helped Gallaudet rush for over 300 yards twice this season and helped the Bison offense score 30 and 21 points in wins over Earlham and Castleton, respectively. He maintains a 3.89 grade point average and is pursuing a Business Administration degree. His grade point average is the second highest among the Division III District 2 honorees.
Peterson is one of seven CoSIDA Academic All-District™ honorees from the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC). The conference is represented by Castleton (3 selections), Gallaudet (1), SUNY Maritime (2), Norwich (1).
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.
GALLAUDET'S CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT™ FOOTBALL HONOREES
- 2016: Brad Peterson
- 2015: Sean Fenton
- 2014: Nico Santiago
- 2013: Nicholas Elstad, Adham Talaat
- 2012: Adham Talaat
About CoSIDA Academic All-America® Program
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 CoSIDA 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 fifth 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 Academic All-America® Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.
The 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 2016-17 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.