JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Senior defensive endAaron Riley (Jacksonville, Fla.) has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The award recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Riley is only the third player in program history to receive the honor joining Scott Kennedy 1999 and Kevin Womble 2002.
A dominate force on the Dolphins defensive line this season, Riley currently ranks fourth in the PFL with 7.0 sacks. His 8.5 tackles for loss (0.94 per game) meanwhile are ninth in the league. Riley is averaging 2.6 tackles per game and his 18 solo tackles ranks fourth among PFL D-linemen
Last December he was one of 45 Jacksonville University football players named to The Pioneer Football League's Academic Honor Roll for record a term GPA of 3.0 or higher during the fall 2012 semester
Riley is one of four defensive linemen student-athletes earning First Team honors for NCAA Division I District IV. He will now advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Click here for the release from CoSIDA .
2013 Academic All-District
NCAA DIVISION I (AL, FL, GA, PR, SC)
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown GPA Major
QB Aaron Murray GEORGIA Gr. Tampa, Fla. 3.30 Psychology / Masters & PHD in psych.
WR Damiere Byrd SOUTH CAROLINA Jr. Sicklerville, N.J. 3.59 Sport & entertainment management
WR Niccolo Mastromatteo COASTAL CAROLINA Sr. Ortonville, Mich. 3.94 Philosophy
TE Rush Hendricks SOUTH ALABAMA Jr. Jay, Fla. 4.00 Exercise science
OL Rashard Brown BETHUNE-COOKMAN Sr. Kissimmee, Fla. 3.86 History
OL Chris Burnette GEORGIA Gr. LaGrange, Ga. 3.30 Finance / Masters of business admin.
OL Garrett Frye GEORGIA SOUTHERN Jr. Cumming, Ga. 3.71 Exercise science
OL Max Holcombe JACKSONVILLE STATE Jr. Tuscaloosa, Ala. 3.72 Exercise science
OL Will Jackson GEORGIA TECH Gr. Knoxville, Tenn. 3.58 Business administration
OL Arie Kouandjio ALABAMA Jr. Hyattsville, Md. 3.46 Finance
K Marshall Morgan GEORGIA So. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 3.32 Business
DB Trent Fisher AUBURN Jr. Nashville, Tenn. 3.73 Communication
DB Brandon McCladdie THE CITADEL Gr. Martinez, Ga. 3.60 Health, exercise & sport science
DB Connor Norman GEORGIA Sr. Duluth, Ga. 3.72 Exercise & sports science
DB James Zotto WOFFORD Sr. Libertyville, IL 3.65 Biology
LB Kevin Thomas WOFFORD Jr. Mills River, NC 3.48 Accounting
LB Nesly Marcellon BETHUNE-COOKMAN Sr. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 3.58 Business administration / accounting
LB Bobby Wilson SAMFORD So. Shelbyville, Tenn. 3.40 Marketing
DL Edward Mosley ALABAMA STATE Jr. Atlanta, Ga. 3.84 Marketing
DL Jeremy Towns SAMFORD Sr. Dolomite, Ala. 3.85 Sports medicine
DL Aaron Riley JACKSONVILLE Sr. Jacksonville, Fla. 3.62 Sociology
DL Jeffery Salley COASTAL CAROLINA Sr. Bamberg, S.C. 3.58 Computer science
P Steven Clark AUBURN Gr. Kansas City, Mo. 3.70 Exercise science