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Football Ties Program Record With Four Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

Football Ties Program Record With Four Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

Springfield, Mass. - November 14, 2019 - For the second time in the last three years, the Springfield College football team had four student-athletes named to the 2019 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® team thanks on their performances in the classroom and on the field.

The Pride's John Cox (Stratford, Conn.), Nick Bainter (East Bridgewater, Mass.), Shamar Martin (East Hartford, Conn.) and Kyle Niehr (Bay Shore, N.Y.) were all recognized and are now eligible for Academic All-America accolades, which will be voted upon later this fall.  Springfield four honorees ties a program record for most academic all-district honorees in one year, matching the mark set in 2017.   Of the 245 football teams in Division III, Springfield College was one of only 15 programs in the country to have at least four selections. 

Cox has been a key cog of an offensive line that has helped pave the way for the best rushing attack in Division III football, averaging over 360 yards per game.  The Physical Therapy major currently carries 3.99 GPA and was a CoSIDA All-America First Team Selection last season.  Of the 26 student-athletes chosen from District I, Cox has the second-highest grade point average, and among the 31 Division III offensive lineman from across the country, Cox has the second-best GPA.

A Criminal Justice major with a 3.68 grade point average, Bainter collected the first academic all-district honor of his career.  A Preseason All-America first team honoree and 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, Bainter has been a mainstay on the offensive line which has helped Springfield rank third in all of college football in rushing and 20th at the Division III level in time of possession, averaging 33:22 per game. 

The only tight end representative on the All-District I team, Martin has posted a 3.89 grade point average while studying Sport Management. As part of a senior class that was produced 29 victories in the last four seasons, Martin has played a critical role in special teams this season, blocking a pair of punts which have each been returned for scores.  
Niehr owns a 3.75 grade point average while working on his degree in Physical Education and was one of five defensive backs in the region recognized.  He ranks third on Springfield's defense with 38 tackles and has recovered a pair of fumbles during his junior campaign.
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