BRISTOL, Conn. - Newberry College football players Brandon Gantt and Lequawn James were named to the 2009 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District Three College Division team, it was announced today. Both players are now eligible for Academic All-American honors, which will be announced later this month.
Brandon Gantt is a senior quarterback from Lexington, S.C., with a 3.96 grade point average while majoring in Early Childhood Education. He has won South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors on three occasions this season and was one of 15 Division II players named a national semifinalist for the prestigious Campbell Trophy earlier this season. Gantt was also a 2008 Academic All-District honoree and has been named to the SAC Commssioner's Honor Roll in two previous years. He is a member of the Southern Early Childhood Education Association, the Future Educators Association, the Newberry College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Kappa Delta Pi International Honors Society, Newberry College Dean's List (2 years), the Newberry County Reading Council and is also a mentor to young students.
Lequawn James is a sophomore offensive lineman from North, S.C., with a 3.89 grade point average and is leaning towards a major that will let him pursue a career in the medical field. He has earned a starting role at right guard this season. At Newberry College, he is a member of Christians Living Among You (CLAY), Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Omicron Delta Kappa honor society and is also a Resident Housing Advisor. He was a 2009 South Atlantic Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll member.
Gantt and James are joined on the Academic All-District Three rolls by five other South Atlantic Conference players. Matt Corbin, Colin Corpe and Harrison Smith from Lenoir-Rhyne University and Austin Lowe and Ryan Webber from Wingate University are also on the Academic All-District Three team. Tusculum's John Gregory, Jarrell NeSmith and Gareth Rowlands are on the Academic All-District Four team.
District Three (college division) includes all non-NCAA Division I schools (Division II, III and NAIA) in Florida, Georgia, Virginia and North and South Carolina. Student-athletes selected for Academic All-District honors must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials. They must possess at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.00 scale). They must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing and must have completed at least one full academic year at their institution.
|2009 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District Three|
Football, College Division
|Matt Corbin||Lenoir-Rhyne Univ.||Punter|
|Brandon Gantt||Newberry College||Quarterback|
|Dewey Gatling||N.C. Wesleyan College||Receiver|
|Ryan Webber||Wingate Univ.||Tight End|
|Harrison Hudson||Washington & Lee Univ.||Running Back|
|Jason Layton||Methodist Univ.||Running Back|
|Greg Kurkis||Washington & Lee Univ.||Offensive Line|
|Austin Lowe||Wingate Univ.||Offensive Line|
|Harrison Smith||Lenoir-Rhyne Univ.||Offensive Line|
|Lequawn James||Newberry College||Offensive Line|
|Colin Corpe||Lenoir-Rhyne Univ.||Kicker|
|David Sternlicht||Washington & Lee Univ.||Defensive Back|
|Domonique Hargrove||Virginia St. Univ.||Defensive Back|
|Matt Kingsbury||Shenandoah Univ.||Defensive Back|
|Brian Leary||Methodist Univ.||Defensive Back|
|Josh Miller||Hampden-Sydney College||Linebacker|
|Gustaf Cavanaugh||Washington & Lee Univ.||Linebacker|
|David Love||Washington & Lee Univ.||Linebacker|
|James Pratt||Virginia St. Univ.||Defensive Line|
|Andrew Giordani||Emory & Henry College||Defensive Line|
|Daniel Beard||Shenandoah Univ.||Defensive Line|