WASHINGTON - The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) announced it's eighth annual all-academic honorees Thursday and Gallaudet University earned four of the 69 total selections.
Three-time ECFC All-Academic Team honoree senior Sean Fenton (Chicago, Ill.) is joined by sophomores Matthew Cracraft (Ferris, Texas), Tony Libit (Deerbrook, Wis.) and Brad Peterson (DuBois, Pa.). Fenton is making his third consecutive appearance while Cracraft, Libit and Peterson make their first appearance.
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.
The ECFC includes eight teams, all of whom were represented on the 69-player team. Three teams had selections in double digits, led by Norwich University's 18 selections. Husson University had 14 selections and Castleton University had 13 selections.
Fenton joins the exclusive group of only seven players from GU to be named to three straight ECFC All-Academic teams they include Fenton (2016), Sean Maiwald (2015), Gregg McConville (2014), Nico Santiago (2014), Adham Talaat (2013), Denton Mallas (2012) and Caleb Hinton (2011).
Cracraft, Libit and Peterson started in all 10 games for the Bison during the 2016 season. Peterson was named to the 2016 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District First Team for District 2 for his performance on and off the field.
As a senior linebacker and heart of the Bison defense, Fenton started in eight games and was a 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist as announced by the National Football Foundation (NFF). The four-year letterwinner and four-time Dean's List honoree was also a 2016 NFF Capital Region College Scholarship honoree. In 2015, Fenton was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team for District 2.
Gallaudet had two all-academic honorees last year in the ECFC's seventh year, four in 2014, eight in 2013, eight in 2012, nine in 2011, five in 2010 and two in 2009. GU's total now stands at 42 in eight years.
ECFC All-Academic Honorees by year for Gallaudet