For the combination of work in the classroom and on the field, seven Fort Lewis College football players landed on either the first team, second team or honor roll when the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference announced its All-Academic teams recently.
Members must have a grade-point average of 3.30 or higher, be a starter or reserve and must have completed two consecutive semesters or three quarters at their current institution to be eligible.
Its very difficult to balance athletics, academics and a social life in college. Its a tribute to their work ethic on and off the field. Fort Lewis head coach Cesar Rivas said in a news release to The Durango Herald.
Junior linebacker Phil Odell earned the highest honor of any Skyhawk, landing on the first-team defense thanks to his 3.47 GPA in business administration-management. Odell, a three-year starter for the Skyhawks entered last weekends game with Adams State fifth in the conference in tackles for loss with nine and sixth with 57 tackles.
Punter Frank Atherton, running back Justin Peters and offensive lineman Evan Wagstrom earned second-team accolades. Offensive lineman Brent Baker and wide receivers Doyle Bode and Aaron Holt were named to the honor roll.
Atherton, a senior, holds a perfect 4.00 GPA as an exercise science major with an exercise specialist option. Atherton averages 37.4 yards per punt.
Peters, an all-purpose threat for the Skyhawks, has a 3.60 GPA in cellular and molecular biology. He was a member of the All-Academic first team last year.
Wagstrom, also a former Academic Achievement award recipient, carries a 3.96 GPA in European history. The 6-4, 255-pound tackle is a two-year starter.
Baker, a sophomore from Boulder, has a 3.40 GPA in business administration-international business. He also earned the honor roll distinction last year.
Bode, also a sophomore, has a 3.42 GPA in exercise science-sport administration. He has 16 catches for 114 yards this season after racking up 387 yards receiving as a freshman.
Holt has a 3.75 GPA in history/social studies teacher education and has three catches for 43 yards in his sophomore campaign.
CSU-Pueblos Lee Meisner, a senior linebacker with a 3.91 GPA in business, was named RMAC Football Academic Player of the Year.