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Cox and Papirio Earn Google Cloud First-Team Academic All-America® Honors

Cox and Papirio Earn Google Cloud First-Team Academic All-America® Honors

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. 

The only special teams representative on the first team, Papirio has posted a 3.97 grade point average while studying Applied Exercise Science.  His GPA was the third-best among the 25 first-team honorees and was a key reason why Springfield totaled 18 wins in the last two years, their most in a two-year span since 2003-04.  Recognized earlier this semester as one of 169 student-athletes from across the nation nominated for the 2018 Allstate/American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team, Papirio totaled 24 tackles this season and returned 18 punts for 169 yards, averaging nearly 10 yards per return, including a 73-yard touchdown return.