Dec. 5, 2013
Capital One Division I Football Academic All-America Team
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.
- For the first time in more than 20 years, three Patriot League football student-athletes made the Capital One Division I Academic All-America Team which was released on Thursday.
Fordham senior defensive lineman Brett Biestek grabbed a spot on the first team, while a pair of Lafayette seniors were honored with wide receiver Mark Ross on the second team and offensive lineman Brad Bormann on the third team.
It is the first time since 1991, and just the third in League history, where three or more student-athletes earned Academic All-America recognition. At least one student-athlete was honored for the fourth year in a row, and Biestek gave the Patriot League a first-team selection for the third straight season.
All three players were part of the Football Academic All-Patriot League Team last week, with Ross earning the League's Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. Biestek and Ross also received first-team All-Patriot League recognition for their play on the field.
Fordham's Biestek has a 3.785 GPA as a Finance major, and has started all 13 games on the defensive line this fall with 54 total tackles (37 solo), 14.5 tackles for a loss of 74 yards and four sacks for 36 yards. He has helped the Rams advance to the second round of the FCS playoffs where they will visit Towson on Saturday at 1 p.m. Biestek becomes Fordham's first Academic All-American since Barry Cantrell was honored in 1997.
Ross holds a 3.63 cumulative grade-point average as an Economics major at Lafayette. He earned Capital One Academic All-District II recognition in each of the last two years, and was named to last season's FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team. Ross finished his career on Saturday with school records and marks in the Patriot League career top 10 in receptions (198), receiving yards (2,811) and touchdowns (27).
Bormann maintains a 3.80 GPA as a Biology major at Lafayette while starting every game at left guard for a strong Leopards' offense that paced the team to the Patriot League title. Bormann earned Capital One Academic All-District II honors in each of the last two seasons, and was also named to last year's FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team. He was a nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team for his volunteerism as well as classroom and on-field accolades.
Ross and Bormann are Lafayette's first Academic All-Americans since Stephen Bono made the first team in 2004.
The Academic All-America Team was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). For a look at all of the honorees, view the Capital One Division I Football Academic All-America Team