Football Boasts 12 Named Capital One Academic All-District
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League boasted 12 football student-athletes named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District® football teams after a vote by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Honored on the All-District 1 first team were Brown junior linebacker Adewole Oyalowo, senior offensive lineman Jack Templeton, senior defensive lineman Ross Walthall and junior defensive lineman Michael Yules, Cornell senior wide receiver Kurt Ondash and sophomore defensive back Andrew Nelson, Dartmouth junior defensive back Mike Banaciski and junior linebackers Michael Runger and Garrett Wymore and Harvard junior tight end Cameron Brate, senior punter Jacob Dombrowski and senior offensive lineman John Collins.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later in November.
To be considered for inclusion on one of the academic all-district teams, a student-athlete must be a sophomore or older, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 on a 4.0 scale and participate in at least 50 percent of the team's games as a starter or key reserve.
Here is a team-by-team breakdown of the honorees with a link to each school's release:
Adewole Oyalowo (Bowie, Md.) is a Neuroscience concentrator, posting a 3.64 grade point average. He is having a breakout season for the Bears, and ranks fourth on the team with 47 total tackles, including 30 solo stops. He has intercepted two passes for the season and made 3.5 tackles for a loss of nine yards. Oyalowo had a big game in Brown's shutout win over Yale with five solo tackles and a fumble recovery.
Jack Templeton (Ramsey, N.J.) is a History/Economics concentrator with a 3.57 grade point average, earned first team All-Ivy honors in 2011. He took every snap at left tackle and played a key role in the Bears' offense that averaged 364.5 yards of total offense and posted 23.6 points per game last season. Templeton had taken every snap in 2012 through the Rhode Island game before being sidelined for the season due to injury.
A Political Science/Economics concentrator with a 3.53 grade point average, Ross Walthall (Carmel, Ind.) is a co-captain of the Brown football team and considered among the top defensive tackles in the Ivy League. He ranks 33rd in the nation with 10.0 tackles for a loss. Walthall posted three tackles for a loss vs. Princeton, and came up with several big plays in the Bears' win over URI, finishing with six tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss, including a key fourth down stop of the Rams in the fourth quarter. He has made 29 total tackles for the season and two quarterback sacks.
An Economics concentrator with a 3.73 grade point average, Michael Yules (South Dartmouth, Mass.) ranks 18th in the nation with 1.38 tackles for a loss per game. He was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after he led the Brown defense that held Georgetown to one yard of total offense in the second half and zero first downs after halftime. Yules had two quarterback sacks for a loss of 13 yards and added another tackle for a loss. His 11 tackles for a loss lead the Brown team, while making 34 tackles overall.
A preseason third-team FCS All-American by Beyond Sports College Network, Kurt Ondash (New Canaan, Conn.) has 657 receiving yards in 2012, a mark that ranks 19th in a season in school history. He became 18th receiver in Cornell history to surpass 1,000 career yards with his 10-catch, 92-yard effort in the season opener at Fordham and caught nine passes for 136 yards against Dartmouth. He now ranks seventh on the school's career receiving list with 1,575 yards. Ondash also posted 100-yard games at Bucknell (seven catches, 118 yards) and at Brown (12 catches, 147 yards). He ranks 19th nationally in receptions per game (6.7 rpg.) and 43rd in receiving yards per game (74.4 ypg.). Those marks rank fourth and sixth in the Ivy League, respectively. Ondash caught two touchdown passes in the win over Yale. He was a second-team All-Ivy League pick in 2011. In the classroom, Ondash has posted a 3.58 grade point average in Applied Economics & Management.
Andrew Nelson (Plymouth, Mich.) ranks among the team leaders with 52 tackles, six pass breakups and two interceptions so far in 2012. He posted nine tackles, including one for a loss, vs. Dartmouth, had 12 tackles and an interception in the win over Princeton and had six stops and a pick in the win over Yale. Nelson made nine tackles and broke up two passes at No. 23 Harvard. A year ago, Nelson led the team's freshmen with 55 tackles and ranked atop the entire team with four pass breakups in 2011. He ranked 16th in the conference in tackles per game in Ivy contests (6.6 per game). Nelson sports a 3.48 grade point average and is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Mike Banaciski (Hillsborough, N.J.), a 5-10, 200-pound junior from Hillsborough, N.J., is an engineering major with a 3.48 GPA and ranks sixth on the Big Green squad with 32 tackles. The nickelback opened the season by breaking up a pass and forcing a fumble in a 35-7 victory over Butler, and he recorded a career-high 10 tackles with another PBU against Penn two weeks later in the Ivy League opener. Considered as one of the hardest-hitting defenders on the squad, Banaciski has 76 tackles in his career with seven PBUs.
Michael Runger (Lisle, Ill.) is an economics major with a 3.76 GPA. The 6-2, 225-pound junior linebacker leads the Ivy League in tackles (78) and tackles per game (9.8), and has posted at least 10 tackles in five of Dartmouth's eight games to date and paced the squad six times. In a 13-10 victory at Holy Cross, Runger brought down a career-high 15 Crusaders, the second-most stops by an Ivy player all season. He also recovered a fumble in the season-opening win against Butler, and forced a key fumble while piling up 13 tackles against Harvard, the defending Ivy champion. Entering the weekend, Runger owns 107 career tackles, 3.5 going for a loss.
Like the other two Big Green selections, Garrett Wymore (Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif.) is a defensive player, taking over the starting slot at middle linebacker during the season. The economics and neuroscience double major sports a 3.90 GPA and was a Rhodes Scholar applicant this fall as a senior. With 30 tackles, the 6-1, 205-pounder, is seventh on the Dartmouth squad, but second with 3.0 tackles for a loss, including one sack. In his career, Wymore has amassed 123 tackles and broken up six passes.
Cameron Brate (Naperville, Ill.), an economics concentrator, is second among Ivy League tight ends (to teammate Kyle Juszczyk) with 35 receptions for 519 yards (14.8 ypc). He is third in the league with five touchdowns.
John Collins (Hull, Mass.), a government concentrator, has been the mainstay of an offensive line which ranks third nationally in scoring offense (42.4 points per game) and fourth nationally in total offense (507.8 yards per game). The Crimson hasn't scored fewer than 28 points in a game this season and has scored at least 30 points in each of its last seven road games dating back to the 2011 season.
Jacob Dombrowski (Gaylord, Mich.), an economics concentrator, leads the Ivy League and ranks ninth nationally in punting at 43.2 yards per punt. Although his 30 punts are fewer than anyone else ranked among the nation's top 23 punters, Dombrowski has made the most of his opportunities, pinning eight inside the 20 yard line with 12 fair catches.