Six Ohio Valley Conference football student-athletes have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District ® football teams as selected by CoSIDA.
The selections included two student-athlete from District II, two from District III, one from District IV and one from District V. The selections were Austin Peay’s Ben Stansfield and Iosua Siliva, Eastern Illinois’ Dominic Pagliara, Eastern Kentucky’s Jordan Berry, Jacksonville State’s Max Holcombe and Murray State’s Christian Duncan.
Each of the six were first-team selections and for making the first-team each will have his name appear on the national ballot for consideration for Academic All-American. The Capital One Academic All-America football team will be announced on Thursday, December 5.
To be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing and have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average. District II selections come from schools located within the states of Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. District III selections include schools from the states of North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. District IV selections come from schools located in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. District V selections are from the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
Berry currently holds a 3.53 GPA in physical education. This season he has earned a pair of National Specialist of the Week honors and is averaging 43.8 yards/punt on the season. Overall Berry has punted 38 times with a long of 77 yards and 12 punts of longer than 50 yards. On the year he has 18 punts downed inside-the-20-yard line.
Duncan is in his second year as the team’s long snapper and owns a 3.94 grade-point average in biology/pre-dental. In his two seasons, Duncan has not had a bad snap on 228 attempts. He was credited with one tackle during the 2012 season, and has three tackles on punt coverage this season. Duncan came to MSU after graduating as the Valedictorian at Murray High School.
Holcombe is a key part of the Jacksonville State offensive line and helped the team to a 7-2 record so far this season. He currently holds a 3.72 GPA in exercise science.
Pagliara has been a four-year starter for the Panthers at tackle maintaining a 3.69 grade point average in marketing. Pagliara anchors an offensive line that blocks for the nation’s number two total offense and scoring offense. Already this season EIU has tied its school record for touchdowns in a season with 61 with 40 passing touchdowns and 17 rushing touchdowns. The team ranks ninth in the nation in fewest tackles for loss allowed while at the same time ranking second in the nation in plays from scrimmage per game (84.5). In addition to his success in the class room and on the football field, Pagliara serves as the president of EIU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Siliva appears on the All-District team for the third consecutive season. The defensive end suffered an injury midway through this season and is out for the year. The senior has a 3.94 GPA in agriculture (sustainable development).
Stansfield is on the All-District team for the second consecutive season. The senior is the leader of the Governors offensive line and holds a 4.00 GPA in psychology. He has been a multi-time selection to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll as well as an OVC Medal of Honor recipient.
2013 OVC CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Selections for Football
Jordan Berry, P – Eastern Kentucky
Christian Duncan, OL – Murray State
Max Holcombe, OL – Jacksonville State
Dominic Pagliara, OL – Eastern Illinois
Iosua Siliva, DL – Austin Peay
Ben Stansfield, OL – Austin Peay