Complete 2010 CoSIDA ESPN Academic All-District Football Teams
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Thirteen Ivy League football players have been named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District Football Teams, announced Nov. 4 by the Academic All-America® Committee.
Voted upon by members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America), Brown's Patrick Conroy and Nathan Lovett, Columbia's Alex Gross, Adam Mehrer and Matt Stotler, Cornell's Nick Booker-Tandy, Dartmouth's Lane Shipley and Tanner Scott, Penn's Jared Mollenbeck and Josh Powers, Princeton's Matt Zimmerman and Yale's Jake Koury and Jesse Reising were voted to the first team and will be placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration, which will be announced on Nov. 23.
Here is a team-by-team breakdown of the honorees with a link to each school's release:
Patrick Conroy (Leesburg, Va.) is a Business Economics concentrator with a 3.88 grade point average and a tri-captain for the Bears. He has been a mainstay of the Brown offensive line, earning a starting role at left tackle for the last two years. Conroy helped the Bears' offensive line lead the Ivy League in total offense (396.6 total yards per game) a year ago.
Nathan Lovett (East Providence, R.I.) is an American History concentrator with a 3.66 grade point average and ranks second in the Ivy League with an average of 43.4 yards per punt. Lovett had two punts vs. Cornell, averaging 42.5 yards per punt, including one inside the 20-yard line. A second team All-Ivy selection last year, Lovett averaged 39.9 yards per punt, third best in the Ivy League, while also handling the kick-off duties.
Alex Gross (Kettering, Ohio) has had an outstanding season for the Lions at linebacker, leading the Ivy League in total tackles and solo tackles. He is one of 10 Ivy Leaguers with at least two interceptions. He also has three tackles for a loss, a quarterback sack, three passes defended and a forced fumble to his credit. Meanwhile, Gross carries a 3.55 grade point average and is on pace to graduate from Columbia College in May 2011 with a degree in sociology.
Adam Mehrer (Midlothian, Va.) has had an equally impactful season in the Columbia defensive backfield. Mehrer is second on the team in tackles and has made 32 solo stops this season. Mehrer, who sports a 3.47 grade point average, is on track to graduate from Columbia College in May with a degree in economics.
Matt Stotler (Arlington, Va.) has made his presence known in his first full season as a starter along Columbia's defensive line. In seven starts, Stotler has made 15 tackles, including two for a loss. He also has recorded a quarterback sack. A winner of the National Football Foundation High School Scholar-Athlete Award in the Eastern Region when he entered Columbia, Stotler holds a 3.37 grade point average. He is slated to graduate from Columbia College in May with a history degree.
Nick Booker-Tandy (Pompano Beach, Fla.) has been outstanding both on the field and in the classroom in his first season for the Big Red. He ranks second on the team in both rushing (234 yards) and scoring (two touchdowns), and also ranks among the team leaders in receptions (12) and receiving yards (131). In the classroom, Booker-Tandy has posted a 4.0 grade point average in Applied Economics and Management.
Tanner Scott (Kenilworth, Ill.) is an economics major with a 3.83 cumulative grade point average. The 6-4, 195-pound wide receiver has caught 15 passes this season for 177 yards (11.8-yard average), with 12 of those receptions going for first downs. In six of the seven Big Green games to date, he has caught at least one pass, one of which was a 16-yarder on a key 3rd-and-10 play during the game-winning drive at Columbia late in the fourth quarter.
Lane Shipley (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), a history major with a 3.48 cumulate grade point average, is a key defensive tackle for the Big Green, having played in all but two games over the past three seasons. This year the 6-2, 280-pound lineman has 10 tackles, seven of which are solo stops, with a tackle for a loss and one pass broken up.
Jared Mollenbeck (Hampton, Iowa) has started 17 straight games, including all 10 for the Ivy League championship team last season. Mollenbeck is enrolled in Wharton where he was a member of the Dean's List in 2008-09 and carries a 3.57 GPA.
Josh Powers (Fishers, Ind.) has started 21 consecutive games for the Quakers and was a 2009 recipient of this award. Powers is fifth on the team with 29 tackles, has 1.5 tackles for loss, one interception and a forced fumble. Enrolled in the No. 3-ranked business school in the nation, Powers is holding a 3.42 GPA in Wharton.
Matt Zimmerman (Mountainside, N.J.), an econonmic major with a 3.54 GPA, has two touchdowns this season and has started every game since the start of his sophomore season.
Jake Koury (Dublin, Ohio), a center, is an economics major with a 3.65 GPA. He is a two-year starter who has helped the Bulldogs lead the conference in passing offense this fall.
Jesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.), who has 3.75 GPA while majoring in political science and economics, is second on the team with 24 solo tackles in his first year as a starter. The Eli linebacker was a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame's 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy.