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Four LWC Football student-athletes earn All-District Team honors

By Christopher Coombs

Cameron Dukes, Eli Cross, Joe Gressette and Cameron Thurman have earned Academic All-District honors, selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America), the organization announced on Thursday.

The quartet earns the distinction based on their academic and athletic success. Dukes, Cross, Gressette and Thurman were selected from a pool of football student-athletes from NAIA institutions in District 2 -- which includes institutions located in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

First-team Academic All-District honorees are included on the ballot for the Academic All-America, selected in late May.

Dukes is the only quarterback listed on the team after compiling a 3.87-grade point average in the classroom throughout his undergraduate and graduate course work. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program. The quarterback started all 11 contests this season, completing 186 of 282 throwing attempts for 2,555-yards and 33 touchdowns. Dukes added 391-yards on the ground with 10 more scores.

Cross and Gressette are two of six offensive linemen featured on the team. Cross turned in a 3.93 Business Administration GPA - the second-highest on the team - as Gressette managed a GPA mark of 3.92 in Counseling and Human Development. The duo spearheaded a lethal offensive attack that posted the third-highest scoring average in program history at 46.3 points per game. The mark was the second-best in the NAIA this season.

Thurman was one of four defensive linemen named to the team after a 3.85 GPA in Counseling and Human Development. Thurman recorded 35 tackles on the season and 3.5 sacks. The Lindsey Wilson defense held its opponents to 14.4 points per outing, the lowest scoring average allowed in program history. The Blue Raiders also tied an all-time high with 33.5 sacks, ranking number five in the country.

Student-athletes are nominated by their school's sports information directors and voted on by CoSIDA members in their district. The nominees must maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average, be a sophomore or higher in academic standing and be a starter or important reserve on their respective teams.

Seventeen Lindsey Wilson football student-athletes have earned all-district honors 26 times since 2013. Cross is the seventh LWC football student-athlete to earn all-district honors multiple times.

This story was posted on 2021-06-10 16:31:55
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