Let’s take a quick break from basketball in order to take notice for 16 Wildcats who embody the meaning of a “student-athlete.” It is a term that seems to be fading nowadays with many players leaving college as soon as they can in order to move onto a professional level. As of the last few years, there has been a movement in order to try to get college athletes paid, but that’s a story for another time. The CAA announced earlier today an extensive list of 137 players from across the league that earned All-Academic honors. The complete list can be found on the CAA’s website.
Maine’s starting quarterback Marcus Wasilewski led the pack and was named the CAA Football Student-Athlete of the Year.
In order to be a candidate of the Academic All-Conference team, players must be a starter or an important reserve/backup. They must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (based on a GPA scale out of 4.0) for his entire career. Out of the 16 Villanovans that made the list, nine are on offense, six on defense, and one specialist.
Chris Polony – Jr., QB, Chemical Engineering Major
Josh Bucci – Sr., OL, Civil Engineering
Ross Hall – Jr., OL, Communication
Peter Sotiriou – Jr., OL, Economics
Bill Vogel – Sr., OL, Physics
Garrett Waller – Sr., WR, Comprehensive Science
Anthony DeCamillo – So., WR, Mechanical Engineering
Kevin Gulyas – So., WR, Business
Doug Turrell – Jr., TE, English
Tanoh Kpassagnon – RS Fr., DE, Business
Josh Lumer – Sr., DE, Finance
Don Cherry – So., LB, Liberal Arts
Pat Haggerty – Sr., LB, Liberal Studies
John Maughan – Sr., S, Finance
Cameron McCurry – So., S, Business
Mark Hamilton – Sr., K/P, Political Science