Brainy Ballers Represent #NECFB Amongst Nation’s Academic Elite

The Northeast Conference is home to multiple Google Cloud CoSIDA Division I Football Academic All-Americans for the first time since 2014.

With Oregon QB Justin Herbert headlining the list, 51 student-athletes from across all of Division I (FBS/FCS) received the prestigious accolade.

Robert Morris senior linebacker Adam Wollet, who was one of 17 repeat national selections, landed on the First Team while Wagner senior tight end Chris Woodard earned a spot on the Second Team.

The NEC, which has produced at least one Academic All-American during seven of the past eight seasons, had not celebrated two selections in the same year since Sacred Heart running back Sean Bell and Robert Morris center Nick Faraci appeared on the 2014 Second Team.


2017 – Adam Wollet, RMU (Second Team)
2015 – Nick Faraci, RMU (First Team)
2014 – Sean Bell, SHU (Second Team)
2014 – Nick Faraci, RMU (Second Team)
2013 – Kyle Harbridge, SFU (Second Team)
2012 – Nolan Nearhoof, RMU (First Team)
2012 – Brad Banas, RMU (Second Team)
2011 – Nolan Nearhoof, RMU (Second Team)
2010 – Nolan Nearhoof, RMU (Second Team)
2007 – Ryne Nutt, CCSU (Second Team)
2006 – Ray Gensler, RMU (First Team)
2006 – Ryne Nutt, CCSU (Second Team)
2005 – Luke Palko, SFU (First Team)
2005 – Ray Gensler, RMU (Second Team)



2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America list from


Academic All-America® Football Team – NCAA Division I

Pos. Name School Yr. GPA Major
QB Justin Herbert (1) University of Oregon Jr. 4.06 Biology
RB Marcus Weymiller (2) University of Northern Iowa Sr. 3.97 Public Administration: Human Resources
RB Tucker Yinger (1) (#) University of Dayton Sr. 3.81 Mechanical Engineering
WR Josh Fink Abilene Christian University Sr. 3.95 Accounting / Finance
WR Zach Reuter Kansas State University Sr. 4 Biochemistry / Pre-Med
TE Britton Abbott (2) Oklahoma State University Gr. 3.96/4.00 MBA
OL Jacob Bacon Drake University Jr. 3.94 Actuarial Science / Finance
OL Wes Genant (2) South Dakota State University Jr. 4 Biochemistry
OL Adam Holtorf Kansas State University Sr. 3.96 Agribusiness
OL Jacob Marnin Southern Illinois University Sr. 4 Criminology & Criminal Justice
OL Max Scharping (2) Northern Illinois University Gr. 3.99/3.89 Kinesiology
K Miles Butler University of Kentucky Sr. 4 Finance (BBA) / Accounting
ST Payton Jordahl University of Minnesota Gr. 4 Youth Development Leadership (G)
DL Andrew Chuma Lafayette College Sr. 3.95 Economics
DL Greg Menard ($) (%) North Dakota State University Sr. 3.85 Civil Engineering
DL Gary Moore University of Minnesota Gr. 4 Youth Development Leadership (G)
DL Kyle Reisert (1) University of New Hampshire Sr. 3.97 Mechanical Engineering
DL Grant Udinski Towson University Gr. 3.94/4.00 Teaching
LB Kenneth Brinson (1) United States Military Academy Sr. 3.96 Chemical Engineering
LB Dalton Cox (2) South Dakota State University Sr. 4 Economics / Entrepreneurial Studies
LB Adam Wollet (2) Robert Morris University Sr. 4 Finance & Data Analytics (G)
DB Trent Crossan Lafayette College Sr. 3.87 Economics
DB Jordan Fuller (2) Ohio State University Jr. 3.81 Business
DB Garrett Kauppila U.S. Air Force Academy Jr. 3.84 Management
DB Ryan Parenteau UC Davis Sr. 3.94 Aerospace Science & Engineering
P Blake Gillikin Pennsylvania State University Jr. 4 Kinesiology
Pos. Name School Yr. GPA Major
QB Easton Stick North Dakota State University Gr. 3.92/4.00 MBA (G) / Sport Management (UG)
RB Justice Hill (1) Oklahoma State University Jr. 3.64 Finance
RB Brad Sznajder Butler University Sr. 3.89 Finance
WR Timmy Hernandez Oregon State University Sr. 3.66 Mechanical Engineering
WR Cody Thompson University of Toledo Gr. 3.66/3.83 Recreation & Leisure (G) / Marketing (UG)
TE Chris Woodard Wagner College Sr. 3.86 Physics
OL Cole Chewins (1) Michigan State University Sr. 3.91 Finance
OL Rowan Godwin University of South Alabama Sr. 4 Criminal Justice
OL Zane Ventimiglia Towson University Sr. 3.97 Exercise Science
OL Collin Wallish University of Delaware Gr. 3.93 Electrical Engineering
OL Dakota Wilson Idaho State University Jr. 3.97 Health Science
K Justin Yoon University of Notre Dame Sr. 3.57 Finance
ST Blake Best University of Kentucky Sr. 4 Economics / Finance
DL Anthony Nelson (1) University of Iowa Jr. 3.86 Accounting
DL Sam Renner University of Minnesota Gr. 4 Accountancy
DL Alex White (1) Harvard University Sr. 3.91 Biomedical Engineering
LB Ben Burr-Kirven University of Washington Sr. 3.69 Comparative Literature
LB David Emanuels Dartmouth College Sr. 3.96 Biomedical Engineering
LB Drue Tranquill (1) University of Notre Dame Gr. 3.73 Mechanical Engineering
DB Keaton Anderson University of Alabama Gr. 3.82/4.00 Marketing (G & UG)
DB Tiger Garcia UC Davis Jr. 3.94 Managerial Economics
DB David Leisring (1) (#) University of Dayton Sr. 3.74 Finance
DB A.J. Smith VMI So. 3.91 Mechanical Engineering
P Joe Schopper Purdue University Sr. 3.83 Doctor of Pharmacy

Google Cloud Academic All-America® of the Year: Justin Herbert, University of Oregon

(1) = CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I first team selection in 2017
(2) = CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I second team selection in 2017
($) = CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I first team selection in 2016
(#) = CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I second team selection in 2016
(%) = CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I first team selection in 2015




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