NASHVILLE --- Lane Clark has been named to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® Football Team. The award recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
Clark is a part of the NCAA Division I – District 3 team, which includes all of North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The senior from Hays, Kan. has a 3.83 GPA in Biology / Pre-Med and has been a three-time Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection.
Clark has been a standout for the Tigers on the gridiron. The kicker was named to several All-American teams as a junior and has entrenched himself in the Tennessee State record books, including holding eight of the 11 longest field goals in program history.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, with first- and second-team Academic All-America honorees to be announced in December.
The Academic All-District® teams include student-athletes who are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division. The College Division includes all NAIA, Canadian, two-year schools, and other affiliations.
NCAA DIVISION I – DISTRICT 3 (NC, TN, VA)
FIRST TEAM Pos. Name School Yr. GPA Major
QB Kurt Benkert Virginia Gr. 3.69/3.78 Finance (UG) / Higher Education (G)
RB Khari Blasingame Vanderbilt University Sr. 3.40 Medicine, Health & Society
RB Malcolm Summers Elon University Jr. 3.41 Marketing Management
WR Dontez Byrd Tennessee Tech University Gr. 3.50 Exercise Science- Fitness & Wellness
WR Daniel Kuzjak William & Mary Gr. 3.50 Finance / Business Analytics
TE Matt Foster Elon University So. 3.57 Physics
TE Davis Koppenhaver Duke University Sr. 3.32 Psychology / MMS Certificate
OL Garrett Bradbury North Carolina State University Sr. 3.63 Business Supply Operations Management
OL Gabe Brandner Duke University Gr. 3.65 Evolutionary Anthropology / Liberal Studies
OL Eric Gallo Virginia Tech Sr. 3.42 Finance
OL Will Millikan Gardner-Webb University Jr. 3.68 Business Administration
OL Ryan Rockensuess Austin Peay State University Jr. 3.57 Accounting
K Lane Clark Tennessee State University Sr. 3.83 Biology
ST Parker Henry University of Tennessee Sr. 4.00 Finance
DL Nick Groll Elon University Sr. 3.72 Economics
DL Alex Turner ECU So. 3.61 Multidisciplinary Studies / Psychology
DL Oshane Ximines Old Dominion University Jr. 3.50 Finance
DL Hunter Winstead Liberty University Gr. 4.00/4.00 Government & Int. Business (UG) / MBA (G)
LB Micah Kiser Virginia Gr. 3.42/4.00 Foreign Affairs (UG) / Higher Education (G)
LB A.J. Newman Western Carolina University Sr. 3.75 Finance
LB Elliott Normand Tennessee Tech University Gr. 3.75 Mechanical Engineering
DB Austin Hall University of Memphis Jr. 3.45 Criminal Justice
DB Alonzo Saxton II Duke University Sr. 3.54 Theater Studies
P Alfred Cole III North Carolina State University Jr. 3.62 Industrial Engineering