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Football Lands Three Student-Athletes On CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District® Team

Football Lands Three Student-Athletes On CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District® Team

Springfield, Mass. - November 16, 2018 - Based on their performances in the classroom and on the field, the Springfield College football team had three student-athletes named to the 2018 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Google Cloud Academic All-District® team.

The Pride's John Cox (Stratford, Conn.), Andrew Papirio (Walpole, Mass.), and Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) were all recognized and are now eligible for Academic All-America accolades, which will be voted upon later this fall.  Of the 247 football teams in Division III, Springfield College was one of only 21 programs in the country to have at least three selections. 

Cox has been a key cog of an offensive line that has helped pave the way for the sixth-best rushing attack in Division III football, averaging nearly 300 yards per game.  The Physical Therapy major currently carries 3.98 GPA and has been instrumental in leading Springfield back to the postseason for the second-consecutive year.  Of the 24 student-athletes chosen from District I, Cox has the second-highest grade point average, and among the 41 Division III offensive lineman from across the country, Cox has the second-best GPA.

The only special teams representative on the All-District I team, Papirio has posted a 3.97 grade point average while studying Applied Exercise Science.  His GPA was the third-best among the 24 student-athletes honored on the team, and of the eight special teams honorees from across the country, Papirio owns the top GPA.  Recognized earlier this season as one of 169 student-athletes from across the nation nominated for the 2018 Allstate/American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team, Papirio has totaled 23 tackles this season and returned 17 punts for 165 yards, averaging nearly 10 yards per return. 
 
The two-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Athlete of the Year, Giorgio is a Business Management major who has produced a 3.53 GPA.  Previously named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) William V. Campbell Trophy®, an award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation, Giorgio leads the team with 70 tackles and has added 12.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles-for-loss.  The Division III active career leader in forced fumbles (9), he currently ranks second in all of college football for in active career tackles-for-loss per game, averaging 1.83.  This marks the second-straight season that Giorgio has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.