Hall selected First Team Academic All-American for second time


Hall selected First Team Academic All-American for second time
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | by Randall Stewart, Director of Athletic Communications

AUSTIN, Texas – Senior offensive lineman Sam Hall is a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American for the second consecutive year, marking the first time in school history that a student-athlete in any sport has been named to the first team on multiple occasions.


"That's absolutely amazing. I'm so proud of Sam," said head coach Todd Knight. "Very rarely do you find a kid that's successful both on and off the field the way that Sam has been. I have no doubt that he's going to be successful in whatever avenue he decides to pursue."


Hall, who has a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA as a Biology major, is just the fourth two-time Academic All-American in school history, following wrestling teammates Seiji Borja (Third Team in 2013 and 2015) and Jared Holliday (Second Team in 2014 and 2015) and baseball's Jeff Sneed (Third Team in 2016, Second Team in 2017). He is one of three football players to ever earn Academic All-America distinction.


The Conway native appeared in eight games for the Wolves this season with a start at each tackle position. He graded out at over 80 percent in seven games and had a perfect 100 percent grade in Newberry's thrilling come-from-behind win at Carson-Newman in September and played the entire final drive that culminated with Markell Castle's game-winning 30-yard touchdown reception with 39.3 seconds to play.


The Order of the Gray Stripe member won the inaugural Elite 18 (now Elite 20) award from the South Atlantic Conference in 2016 that recognizes the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the final site of competition in all conference sports. 


Members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) select the Academic All-America teams and take both academic achievement and athletic accomplishments into account, honoring those who excel in every aspect of being a student-athlete. In addition to Hall, voters named Carson-Newman running back Jared Dillingham and Tusculum return specialist Evan Altizer to the first team. Wingate teammates Zack Singleton (linebcker) and Christopher Birozes (punter) earned second team distinction.


Hall is Newberry's second Academic All-American of the year across all sports. Men's soccer player Quincy Kroeschell earned Third Team recognition last week.


Click here to read the full release from CoSIDA.


NEWBERRY COLLEGE ALL-TIME CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA® HONOREES

 

Year

Honoree

Sport

Team

1982

Mark Weeks

Football

2nd

2002

Brandon Downey

Men's Track & Field/Cross Country

3rd

2002

Katey Satcher

Softball

1st

2009

Laura Marquardt

Women's Basketball

1st

2009

Brandon Gantt

Football

2nd

2010

Anita Bulcher

Women's Basketball

1st

2011

Chelsie Hilbourn

Softball

3rd

2012

Maria Luz Besio

Women's At-Large (Golf)

1st

2012

Matt Killen

Men's At-Large (Golf)

1st

2013

Julia Daneshfar

Women's At-Large (Golf)

1st

2013

Seiji Borja

Men's At-Large (Wrestling)

3rd

2013

Lisa Brandl

Women's At-Large (Golf)

3rd

2013

Jessie Baldwin

Women's Track & Field/Cross Country

3rd

2013

Samantha Parrish

Volleyball

2nd

2014

Chas Goodwin

Baseball

2nd

2014

Jared Holliday

Men's At-Large (Wrestling)

2nd

2014

Elayni Stokes

Volleyball

3rd

2015

Jared Holliday

Men's At-Large (Wrestling)

2nd

2015

Seiji Borja

Men's At-Large (Wrestling)

3rd

2016

Jeff Sneed

Baseball

3rd

2016

Sam Hall

Football

1st

2016

Madison Darby-McClure

Volleyball

3rd

2017

Jeff Sneed

Baseball

2nd

2017

Ben Herring

Baseball

2nd

2017

Elizabeth Williamson

Women's At-Large (Tennis)

3rd

2017

Quincy Kroeschell

Men's Soccer

3rd

2017

Sam Hall

Football

1st