COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (November 1, 2017) - Four members of the No. 24 Colorado State University-Pueblo football team were named Academic All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference First Team, as the league office announced its academic awards Wednesday.
The First Team All-Academic members were voted on by the conference's sports information directors. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and must have been an active student at the institution for at least two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters.
Senior Josh Croy (DL, Littleton, Colo.), senior Corbin Feenstra (OL, Superior, Colo.), sophomore Austin Micci (RB, Colorado Springs, Colo.) and junior Brandon Payer (ILB, Pine, Colo.) were all recognized as Academic All-RMAC First Team. Feenstra is a three-time Academic All-RMAC First Team member, while Payer has earned the award each of the last two seasons.
Joining the four first team selections were 19 ThunderWolves on the Academic All-RMAC Honor Roll to total 23, which is the second most in the conference.
The ThunderWolves will travel to St. George, Utah for the first time in program history Nov. 4 when it battles Dixie State University at 1 p.m.
FIRST TEAM BIOS
Croy - A three-time academic honor roll recipient ... Named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week after the first game ... Started all nine games at defensive end ... Fourth on the team with 39 tackles (17 solo) ... Adds 8.0 tackles for loss (-21 yards), which is second on the team and 13th in the RMAC ... Adds 2.5 sacks (-16 yards) and a forced fumble.
Feenstra - Three-time Academic All-RMAC First Team and two-time honor roll winner ... Started all nine games at center ... CSU-Pueblo ranks third in the RMAC and 33rd nationally in least sacks allowed (1.33) and sits fourth in the league in least tackles for loss allowed (5.11).
Micci - Academic Honor Roll in 2016 ... Ranks second on the team with 564 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the ground ... Averages 5.1 yards per carry and 62.7 yards per game ... Adds 85 receiving yards on seven receptions and a score ... Ranks 16th in the RMAC in total points scored.
Payer - 2016 Academic All-RMAC First Team and honor roll in 2015 ... Ranks second in the RMAC in total tackles with 88 (25th nationally), while his 50 solo efforts is tops in the league and ranks 9th nationally ... Sits second in the conference in tackles for loss with 12.5 (-46 yards) ... Adds four sacks and two forced fumbles.
ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL
Hunter Alderson, R-Fr., OL, Tucson, Ariz., 3.47, Pre-Business
Luke Conilogue, R-Fr., LB, Erie, Colo., 3.41, Pre-Business
Rex Dausin, Sr., QB, San Antonio, Texas, 3.49, EXHPR (Teach Prep K-12)
Tevin Donnell, So., CB, Fountain, Colo., 3.32, Business Management
Aaron Eckhoff, Sr., TE, Dallas, Texas, 3.60, EXHPR (General Exercise Science) and Biology
Brandon Edwards, Jr., QB, Bothell, Wash., 3.42, Economics (Finance)
Preston Guerra, R-Fr., TE, Peoria, Ariz., 3.97, Pre-Business
Ammon Johnson, So., WR, Denver, Colo., 3.49, Engineering
Shane Larson, R-Fr., WR, Pueblo West, Colo., 3.36, Engineering
Dan List, So., OL, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3.67, History
James Maxie, So., LB, Parker, Colo., 3.70, Civil Engineering Technology
Spencer Nathe, Sr., OL, Peoria, Ariz., 3.32, EXHPR (General Exercise Science)
Brandon O'Donnell, So., WR, Highlands Ranch, Colo., 3.35, EXHPR (General Exercise Science)
Kevin Ribarich, Jr., WR, Pueblo, Colo., 3.92, Accounting
Kyle Rosenbrock, So., LB, Brush, Colo., 3.88, Engineering
Morgan Smith, So., TE, Aurora, Colo., 3.48, Psychology
Ryan Strabala, R-Fr., OL, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3.38, Sociology (Criminology)
Andrew Tomlinson, R-Fr., LS, Mission Viejo, Calif., 3.48, Pre-Nursing
Quinn Vandekoppel, Jr., LB, Castle Rock, Colo., 3.88, Economics (Finance) & Business Admin.
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.