Croy, Feenstra, Micci and Payer all recognized as CoSIDA Academic All-District

Croy, Feenstra, Micci and Payer all recognized as CoSIDA Academic All-District

CoSIDA RELEASE

GREENWOOD, Ind. (November 21, 2017) - Four members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo football team have been recognized as College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District for their efforts on the gridiron and in the classroom. The honorees match the program record with the 2015 squad, while the four award winners ties for the most in Super Region Four this year.

Senior Josh Croy (DE, Littleton, Colo.), senior Corbin Feenstra (C, Superior, Colo.), sophomore Austin Micci (RB, Colorado Springs, Colo.) and junior Brandon Payer (ILB, Pine, Colo.) were all recognized. Feenstra is a three-time all-district winner, while he has gathered Academic All-America honors in each of the last two seasons. 

First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, with first- and second-team Academic All-America award winners to be announced in December. 

The ThunderWolves finished the season 9-3 overall, shared the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship (sixth in the last seven years) and reached the NCAA Division II Playoffs. In round one of the playoffs, CSU-Pueblo fell to No. 1 Minnesota State University, Mankato 16-13 in overtime.

BIOS

CROY

All-RMAC First Team … Named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week after the first game ... Started all 12 games at defensive end after missing last season due to injury ... Closed the year second on the team with 59 tackles (26 solo) ... Added 9.0 tackles for loss (-26 yards) ... Totaled 3.0 sacks (-17 yards) and a forced fumble ... Academic All-RMAC First Team.

FEENSTRA

All-RMAC First Team ... Started all 12 games at center ... The ThunderWolves scoring offense was second in the RMAC and 24th nationally at the end of the regular season ... The Pack had the 4th best rushing attack in the conference with 191.5 yards per game and led the league in completion percentage (60.9%) ... Helped guide a 1,000 yard rusher ... CSU-Pueblo ranked 3rd in the RMAC and 33rd nationally in sacks allowed (1.27 spg) and were 5th in the conference in tackles for loss allowed (5.73 tflpg) ... Academic All-RMAC First Team ... Three-time Academic All-District and two-time Academic All-American.

MICCI

Academic All-RMAC First Team ... Finished second on the team with 694 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground ... Averaged 4.9 yards per carry and 57.8 yards per game ... Added 89 receiving yards on eight receptions and a score ... Finished third on the team in total points scored (54).

PAYER

All-RMAC First Team ... Started all 12 games at inside linebacker and finished the season with 110 tackles with 71 solo ... Was 2nd in the RMAC in both tackles and solo tackles, which also ranks 22nd nationally ... The 71 solo tackles is a new modern era program record ... Led the RMAC with 14.0 tackles for loss (-50 yards) and added 4.5 sacks to tie for 5th ... Forced three fumbles (T-3rd in RMAC, T-41st nationally) with one recovery ... Compiled six games with double-digit tackle totals with a season high 14 at West Texas A&M (Sept. 9) ... The ThunderWolves defense finished the regular season 10th nationally in both total defense (273.5 yards per game) and scoring defense (14.3 ppg) and 11th in turnovers gained (27) ... Academic All-RMAC.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.