Austin, Texas. - December 13, 2018 - The Springfield College football team had two student-athletes named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division III Football Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
The Pride's John Cox (Stratford, Conn.) and Andrew Papirio (Walpole, Mass.) were among the 25 student-athletes nationwide that were selected to the Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team. Dating back to 1971, Springfield College has had only 10 football student-athletes earn the prestigious CoSIDA honor, and only six named to the first team. In fact, over the last two years, Springfield College has had five Google Cloud Academic All-America recipients, which is the most among the 247 football programs at the NCAA Division III level.
Cox was a key component of an offensive line that helped pave the way for the seventh-best rushing attack in Division III football, averaging nearly 300 yards per game. The Physical Therapy major currently carries 3.98 GPA and was instrumental in leading Springfield back to the postseason for the second-consecutive year. Of the 25 student-athletes chosen to the first team, Cox was one of only nine juniors, and had the best grade point average among the five offensive lineman on the first team.