WASHINGTON - The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) announced it's fifth annual All-Academic honorees and Gallaudet University earned eight of the 48 total selections.
Gallaudet senior Adham Talaat (Springfield, Va.) was selected for the third consecutive year to the ECFC All-Academic team, while senior Peter Leccese (North Bellmore, N.Y.) as well as juniors Nico Santiago (Moorestown, N.J.) and Gregg McConville (Frederick, Md.) each made their second consecutive appearances on the team. Junior Ryan Brubaker (Frederick, Md.) and sophomores Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.), Sean Maiwald (San Jose, Calif.) and Chase Magsig (Hudsonville, Mich.) received their first selection to the all-academic team. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing, have participated a minimum of two years with the team and achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30.
"I am proud of this year's honorees as they continue to build off our tradition we have built here. These student-athletes represent our program well on and off the field and are role models for our younger players on the team," said Gallaudet coach Chuck Goldstein. "I am especially proud of our repeat award winners as they have shown from year-to-year that academics come first, something that we stress to all of our student-athletes."
All eight ECFC teams were represented on the 48-player team, Norwich University led the way with 13 selections, Anna Maria was second with 10, while Gallaudet landed in third with eight, followed by Husson with seven selections.
This is Talaat's third consecutive year on the ECFC All-Academic team. Talaat joins Gallaudet alum Caleb Hinton and Denton Mallas as the only three players from GU to be named to three straight ECFC all-academic teams.
Talaat is a 2013 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America First Team and All-District first-team honoree; marking the first time in school history a student-athlete has received this honor. In addition, Talaat is Gallaudet's first finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy, given to the most outstanding football player in NCAA Division III, and was also a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, presented to the top defensive player in the country representing Division II, III and NAIA colleges and universities. Talaat was also named a D3football.com All-American honorable mention, a Beyond Sports College Network D3 All-American honorable mention, a D3football.com All-East Region second team defense and an All-ECFC first team defense this past year where he recorded 46 tackles, and five sacks on the season. He also had one fumble recovery and a total of 42 sack yards.
Gallaudet had eight all-academic honorees last year in the ECFC's fourth year, nine in 2011, five in 2010 and two in 2009. GU's total now stands at 32 in five years.
ECFC All-Academic Honorees by year for Gallaudet