Academic honors roll in from the National Football Foundation and NFFCC

Academic honors roll in from the National Football Foundation and NFFCC

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NFFCC ACADEMIC TEAM

PUEBLO, Colo. (May 3, 2018) - Members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo football team have been recognized for their efforts off the gridiron and in the classroom by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) and the NFF Colorado Chapter.

First, five seniors from the 2017 squad were honored as members of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society. 

The 2018 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. An all-time high 1,271 players from a record 307 schools qualified for membership in the society's 12th year. 

Nominated by their respective schools, members of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society must have: Completed their final year of playing eligibility in 2017; Graduated players, who have remaining eligibility but will not return to collegiate play (e.g. declared for NFL Draft or retired from football), may also be nominated; Achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and met all NCAA- or NAIA-mandated progress toward degree requirements; Been starters or significant contributors throughout the 2017 season. 

The members of the Pack were: 

Josh Croy (DL, Littleton, Colo.), Rex Dausin (QB, San Antonio, Texas), Aaron Eckhoff (TE, Dallas, Texas), Corbin Feenstra (OL, Superior, Colo.) and Spencer Nathe (OL, Peoria, Ariz.). 

Second, 19 members of the Pack were named to the National Football Foundation-Colorado Chapter Academic All-Colorado First Team. Another 13 ThunderWolves were named honorable mention to total 32 members on the teams, the most among the 10 college football programs in Colorado. 

The criteria to qualify were cumulative grade point averages of 3.3 or higher for first‐team status (3.0‐3.29 for honorable mention), and 70 percent participation rate (unless injured) and a regular (starter, regular in the game on a rotating basis or a specialist). GPA's are cumulative and through the fall 2017 semester and true freshmen are eligible. There were 166 student-athletes who made the 2017 team (97 first‐team, 69 honorable mention).

2017 CSU-Pueblo NFFCC Academic All-Colorado Team Selections

FIRST TEAM 

Name

Class

Pos.

GPA

Major

Dylan Allbrandt

R-Fr.

OLB

3.74

Sociology (Criminology)

Josh Croy 

Sr. 

DL 

3.70 

Business Management

Rex Dausin

Sr.

QB

3.51

EXHPR (Teach Prep K-12)

Tevin Donnell

So.

CB

3.31

Business Management

Aaron Eckhoff

Sr.

TE

3.60

EXHPR (General Exercise Science) and Biology

Brandon Edwards

Jr.

QB

3.40

Economics (Finance)

Corbin Feenstra

Sr.

OL

3.97 

Business Management and Business Administration

Preston Guerra

R-Fr.

TE

3.93

Pre-Business

Dan List

So.

OL

3.70

History

James Maxie

So.

LB

3.71

Civil Engineering Technology

Austin Micci 

So. 

RB 

3.67 

Business Management

Spencer Nathe

Sr.

OL

3.30

EXHPR (General Exercise Science)

Brandon O'Donnell

So.

WR

3.32

EXHPR (General Exercise Science)

Brandon Payer

Jr. 

ILB 

3.54 

Accounting and Computer Information Systems 

Kevin Ribarich

Jr.

WR

3.89

Accounting

Kyle Rosenbrock

So.

LB

3.91

Engineering

Morgan Smith 

So.

TE

3.39

Psychology

Andrew Tomlinson

R-Fr.

LS

3.46

Pre-Nursing

Quinn Vandekoppel

Jr.

LB

3.88

Economics (Finance) & Business Administration

 

 

 

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION 

Name

Class

Pos.

GPA

Major

Hunter Alderson

R-Fr.

OL

3.19

Pre-Business

Jay Atherton

So.

OL

3.00

Wildlife & Natural Resources (Terrestrial)

Anthony Barron

R-Fr.

DB

3.20

Psychology  

Zach Boyd

Sr.

TE

3.11

Automotive Industry Management

Luke Conilogue

R-Fr.

LB

3.20

Pre-Business

Tanner Cuda

Jr.

P

3.05

Business Management

Cole Forsgren

Jr.

WR

3.02

Business Management

Ammon Johnson

So.

WR

3.17

Engineering

Shane Larson

R-Fr.

WR

3.15

Engineering

Deyon Sizer

Jr.

DL

3.14

Psychology and Sociology

Ryan Strabala

R-Fr.

OL

3.20

Sociology (Criminology)

Bryce Vitcovich

So.

DL

3.04

Business Management (Information Technology) 

Michael Wristen

Jr. 

DL

3.04

Business Management

THE THUNDERWOLVES IN 2017

The Pack finished the season with a 9-3 overall record, while their 9-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference mark was good for a share of the league title. CSU-Pueblo advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs as a seven seed. The ThunderWolves fell 16-13 in overtime to No. 1 overall and No. 2 seed Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Pack were No. 20 nationally following the end of the regular season and moved up to No. 17 in the final poll.

The defense closed the regular season top 20 nationally in eight categories, red zone defense (3rd, 57.7%), interceptions (4th, 21), team passing efficiency defense (4th, 88.95), defensive touchdowns (7th, 5), scoring defense (10th, 14.3), total defense (10th, 273.5), turnovers gained (11th, 27) and passing yards allowed (18th, 164.6).

The Pack also finished the regular season top 25 in Division II in turnover margin (17th, 1,0), net punting (20th, 36.8), kick returns (23rd, 23.0), red zone offense (23rd, 88%) and scoring offense (24th, 37.6).

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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.