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Two Ohio Valley Conference football student-athletes have been named to the inaugural College Sports Journal All-Academic Team.

The selections were Eastern Kentucky senior offensive lineman Patrick Ford and Austin Peay junior offensive lineman Ben Stansfield.

The team was selected by a panel of FCS experts that include the co-owners of College Sports Journal, David Coulson and Chuck Burton.  Specific input from FCS football conferences, conference and national all-academic teams and nominations, and other academic sources were also used in selection.

Ford was in his third year as a starter on the offensive line until he suffered a season-ending injury on Sept. 29 at UT Martin. He lined up at both guard and tackle in his time with the Colonels, but spent the majority of the 2011 and 2012 seasons at left tackle. Ford earned his undergraduate degree last spring and was named to the 2012 CoSIDA Academic All-District first team in November. Ford, who has a 3.90 grade point average, was also named to the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team and is one of six finalists for the FCS ADA’s $5,000 Postgraduate Scholarship.

Stansfield is a junior that carries a 4.00 in psychology. He was one of five total selections on the team of 42 who had a perfect grade point average. A psychology major, Stansfield has yet to make anything but an A in his first four Austin Peay semesters. He has been a member of the President’s List (4.0 GPA) all four semesters and has earned the Ohio Valley Conference Academic Achievement Award-having the highest GPA for the year in a conference-sponsored sport-in each of his first two college years. In addition, he twice has been named to the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll (3.25 GPA/year) and has been a member of the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll (3.0 GPA) each semester. He was named the APSU Football Scholar-Athlete last year. Stansfield is a member of APSU Honors College as well as Gamma Beta Honor Society. He also is involved in both the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

2012 College Sports Journal FCS All-Academic Team

QB Kyle Essington, Senior, Stony Brook (3.46, Business Management)
QB DeNarius McGhee, Junior, Montana State (3.42, Marketing)
RB Zach Zenner, Sophomore, South Dakota State (3.78 Biology/Pre-Med)
RB Zach Barket, Senior, Lehigh (3.46, Accounting)
FB Greg Kessell, Senior, Lafayette 3.38, Economics)
AB Kurt Odom, Junior, Campbell (3.95, Kinesiology)
WR Chris Looney, Senior, Colgate (3.90, International Relations/History)
WR Mark Ross, Junior, Lafayette (3.58, Economics)
WR Tanner Bleskin, Junior, Montana State (3.90, Microbiology)
WR Pat Kelly, Senior, Liberty (4.00, Exercise Science)
TE Cameron Brate, Junior, Harvard (3.39, Economics)
TE Conner Orr, Senior, Western Carolina (4.00, Accounting)
C Dylan Fox, Senior, Southern Utah (3.69, Economics)
OG Jimmy Holtschlag, Junior, Western Illinois (4.00, Agriculture Science)
OG Taylor Suess, Junior, South Dakota State (3.95, Mechanical Engineering)
OT Patrick Ford, Senior, Eastern Kentucky (3.90, Construction Management)
OT Ben Stansfield, Junior, Austin Peay (4.00, Psychology)

DE Caleb Schreibeis, Senior, Montana State (3.38, Mechanical Engineering)
DE Nolan Nearhoof, Senior, Robert Morris (3.74, Biology)
DT Ryan Drevlow, Junior, North Dakota State (3.66, Electrical Engineering)
DT Jeremy Towns, Senior, Samford (3.85, Sports Medicine)
DL Blake Oliaro, Junior, San Diego (3.56, Mechanical Engineering)
OLB Scott Hyland, Junior, Liberty (3.93, Biology)
OLB Adewole Oyalowo, Junior, Brown (3.64, Neuroscience)
ILB Michael Runger, Junior, Dartmouth (3.76, Economics)
ILB Carson Smith, Sophomore, The Citadel (3.93, Electrical Engineering)
LB Austin Hasquet, Sophomore, Northern Arizona (4.00, Biomedical Science)
CB Matt Bianco, Sophomore, Dayton (3.60, Pre-Med)
CB Brandon McCladdie, Junior, The Citadel (3.59 Sports Management & Administration)
SS Cooper Taylor, Senior, Richmond (3.63 Business Administration/Management)
FS Davon Moore, Sophomore, Delaware State (3.84, Physical Education)
DB Jeff Minnerly, Senior, Eastern Washington (3.78, Finance/Electrical Engineering)

Special Teams
K John Shaughnessy, Senior, Northwestern State (3.69, Biology)
K Sam Eberwein, Senior, Campbell (4.00, Pharmacy Doctorate/MBA)
P Marco Kano, Junior, Delaware State (3.98, Physics)
P Bobby Wenzig, Junior, Alabama State (3.65, Finance)
P Austin Pucylowski, Junior, Southern Illinois (4.00, Biological Sciences/Pre-Med)
KR Tony Washington, Junior, Appalachian State (3.77, Architectural Design)
KR Ryan Spadola, Junior, Lehigh (3.31, Supply Chain Management)
PR Jason Schneider, Sophomore, South Dakota State (3.98, Pre-Pharmacy)
PR Niccolo Mastromatteo, Senior, Coastal Carolina (4.00, Philosophy)
LS Jason Stegman, Senior, Southern Illinois (3.73, Electrical Engineering)

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OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
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OVC Overall


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Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
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SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
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