Brandon Gantt named ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American

Brandon Gantt named ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | by Senior earns Newberry's fifth-ever CoSIDA award

TOWSON, Md. - Newberry College senior quarterback Brandon Gantt has been named an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America College Division second team honoree, it was announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Gantt is a senior quarterback from Lexington, S.C., with a 3.96 grade point average while majoring in Early Childhood Education. He was a second team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree and will participate in the East Coast Bowl all-star game in Petersburg, Va., this weekend.

Gantt is only the fifth CoSIDA Academic All-American in the history of Newberry College and the first Newberry football player to earn Academic All-American honors since Mark Weeks earned second team laurels in 1982.

He finished the season second in the SAC in total offense with 2,324 passing yards and 287 rushing yards for a total of 2,611 offensive yards. He is only the fourth player in Newberry history to have 2,500 or more yards of total offense in a season and had the third best season in that category in school history.

A two-time ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, Gantt ended his career with 4,484 yards of total offense, which ranks fifth in Newberry history and his 3,716 passing yards are fourth best in the school's history. He also accounted for 22 touchdowns this season and earned SAC Offensive Player of the Week on three occasions.

Gantt was one of 15 Division II players named a national semifinalist for the prestigious Campbell Trophy earlier this season and has been named to the SAC Commissioner'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.

Gantt is the only student-athlete from the state of South Carolina to be named to this year's Academic All-American team in either the University or College Divisions.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

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Newberry College All-Time Academic All-Americans

1982FootballMark Weeks2nd
2002Track & Field/XCBrandon Downey3rd
2002SoftballKatey Satcher1st
2009Women's BasketballLaura Marquardt1st
2009FootballBrandon Gantt2nd