Eight Blue Jays Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District
2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Football Teams
BALTIMORE, MD – The 19th-ranked Johns Hopkins football team had eight players named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District II Football Team it was announced today. This is the ninth consecutive year that the Johns Hopkins football program has produced six or more Academic All-District selections and pushes the Blue Jays’ total to 100 Academic All-District selections in the last 15 years and 126 selections since 1991. During JHU’s current nine-year run at the top of the Centennial Conference the Blue Jays have now produced 71 Academic All-District players.
To be eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-District honors, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA, be a sophomore or above and a starter or significant reserve.
Headlining Johns Hopkins’ Academic All-District selections this season is senior defensive lineman Chris Stauch (Hummelstown, PA/Hershey), the Blue Jays’ lone repeat selection from last season.
Stauch is joined by classmate and starting center Ben Gaal (Sheffield Lake, OH/St. Edward) along with wide receiver Luke McFadden (Tampa, FL/Plant), defensive lineman Anthony Davidson (Cuddy, PA/South Fayette), linebacker Ian Lodge (Morristown, NJ/Delbarton), defensive backs Addison Quinones (Dallastown, PA/Dallastown) and Michael Curry (Millstone Township, NJ/Allentown) and punter Brandon Hong-Dominguez (Rancho Santa Fe, CA/Torrey Pines).
Stauch is majoring in molecular and cellular biology and carries at 3.66 cumulative grade point average. He has played in all 10 games and has 23 tackles, including five tackles for losses and four sacks, this season. The selection of Stauch and Davidson marks the seventh straight year that at least one Blue Jay defensive lineman has been named Academic All-District.
Gaal has started all 10 games at center for the Blue Jays this season as is the leader of a Johns Hopkins offensive line that paving the way for an offense that is averaging 40.6 points and 513.7 yards per game. Gaal has a 3.80 cumulative GPA and is majoring in political science/pre-med. With Gaal’s selection, Johns Hopkins has had at least one offensive lineman earn Academic All-District honors every year since 2008.
McFadden was recently named the Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Centennial as he has 55 receptions for 1,124 yards and nine touchdowns on the year. An economics major, he has a 3.50 cumulative GPA. This is the fifth consecutive year that a Johns Hopkins wide receiver has earned Academic All-District honors.
A key member of a deep and talented rotation on the defensive line, Davidson is majoring in neuroscience and carries a 3.94 cumulative grade point average. He has 20 tackles, including 6.5 for losses and 4.5 sacks, and also leads the team with four forced fumbles; his four forced fumbles are tied for third most in the nation.
Lodge is in his first season as a starter and currently ranks second on the team in tackles with 57. A First Team All-Centennial selection, he has a 3.59 cumulative GPA and is majoring in international studies. This is the ninth consecutive year that a Johns Hopkins linebacker has been named to the Academic All-District Team.
Quinones also earned First Team All-Centennial Conference honors this season and leads the team in tackles (60) despite missing one full game. He also had 5.5 tackles for losses, two forced fumbles and two interceptions. Quinones is majoring in neuroscience and has a 3.49 cumulative GPA.
Curry has a 3.82 GPA and is majoring in public health (pre-med). The Blue Jays’ starting safety in all nine games he’s played, Curry has 33 tackles and three pass breakups on the year.
With Quinones and Curry’s selection to the team, Johns Hopkins has now produced at least one Academic All-District defensive back in each of the last eight years.
Hong-Dominguez adds his selection to the Academic All-District Team to his previous selection as a First Team All-Centennial Conference honoree. Hong-Dominguez, who is the first Blue Jay punter to earn Academic All-District honors, is averaging 37.4 yards per punt and carries a 3.62 cumulative GPA as an economics major.
Johns Hopkins’ eight Academic All-District honorees now go on the ballot for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. That team will be announced on December 13. The Johns Hopkins football program has produced 28 all-time CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.
Johns Hopkins (9-1) will play at 10th-ranked Washington & Jefferson (10-0) in the first round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs on Saturday, November 18.
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