Five Bobcat Football Players Earn Capital One Football Academic All-District Honors
(Peru, Neb.) – Five Peru State Bobcat football players were named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team which was announced on Thursday by CoSIDA and Capital One.
Earning NAIA District 28 honors this year were Mitch Boshart (Wood River), Tyler Ford (Lincoln), Logan Paben (Columbus), Zach Lempka (Sterling), and Derrick Davis (Orange Park, Fla.). In football, players are selected by position.
Student-athletes are nominated by current members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) which is a national organization comprised of the sports public relations, communications and information professionals throughout all levels of collegiate athletics in the United States and Canada. This year CoSIDA completely revamped their districts and grouped more states into districts, making them larger, but much more competitive. There were 85 nominees in the district this fall.
In order to be nominated, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials and at have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in either their undergrad or graduate work. As part of the voting process, information regarding a nominee's academic and athletic accomplishments is considered, as are any career highlights.
The following are the nominations as submitted by the Peru State Sports Information Department excluding statistics:
4X starter on special teams...6X Dean's List…2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete …Will be nominated again…2X HAAC Scholar-Athlete…HAAC Champions of Character Award… A.O. Duer Award-NAIA's Top Male Honor…Bobcat Football Elite Team Leader…Team Captain…4-year letter winner…TeamMates Mentor…3X 3.0 Club…Fellowship of Christian Athletes member…Young Republicans member… Participated in many community service events with team and in local community…Career Athletes Internship…Board of Trustees Scholar
Key Lineman whose total line helps team to NAIA's #4 rushing offense averaging 302.0 yards per game...Dean's List…Bobcat Elite Leader… 2012 HAAC-NAIA All-Conference Third Team…2012 Omaha World Herald NAIA All Nebraska First Team…2011 NAIA All-Nebraska Honorable Mention……HAAC Sportsmanship Award…2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete nominee...Two-year starter…Two-year Letterman
Currently ranked in NAIA Top 50 in four categories...13th in passes defended per game (1.40)...18th in total interceptions (3)...26th in interceptions per game (0.4)...Two-time Dean's List (4.0) each time…Bobcat Elite Leader…Two-year Starter-Football…Two-year letter winner…Community Wide Clean-up…TeamMates Mentor…Volunteer work with the team and in the community including Children's Hospital Visit and Peru City-Wide Clean-up…HAAC Sportsmanship Award...Sophomore homecoming attendant candidate
2-time Bobcat Elite Leader… Football Team Captain…4-year Starter…3-year letter winner…Student Athlete Advisory Council…Will be nominated as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete…Volunteer work with the team and in the community including: Children's Hospital visits, Peru City-Wide Clean up, Games on the green, 5th Grade Science Day, Auburn TeamMates breakfast, Wacky Day…HAAC Sportsmanship Award…National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Semi-Finalist – just 1 of only 7 from NAIA…Dean's List
Primarily plays on Special Teams...Two-time Dean's List… Volunteer Community Work….Will be nominated as Daktronics-NAIA Football Scholar-Athlete…Volunteer in home town and assisted with middle school wrestling…Phi Beta Lambda member…P.E.A.K.S. member…HAAC Sportsmanship Award…Two-sport athlete…Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska NAIA Baseball First Team…2013 Heart of America Athletic Conference All-Conference Baseball First Team
By earning the All-District honors, all five will be in consideration for Capital One Academic All-America honors, which will be announced on December 2.
All five will be playing this weekend as the Bobcats host Evangel University at Pioneer Field in Neb. City with game time scheduled for 1 p.m.