Thursday, November 08, 2012 | Valley Football
Valley Football Student-Athletes Honored for Academics

A total of 12 Missouri Valley Football Conference student-athletes have been selected to the Capital One Academic all-District teams, which was announced Thursday. All will advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration later this month. South Dakota State's seven academic all-district selections were the most of any Division I program.

Selections to the Capital One Academic All-District Teams were determined by a vote of sports information directors. To be eligible, student-athletes must carry a minimum 3.30 grade point average, appear in at least 50 percent of the team games played, be a starter or important reserve, and completed at least one academic year at the institution. District 5 includes all Division I programs within the states of: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. District 6 includes programs in Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

District 5 Winners
NCAA Division I
RB Torrian Pace, Youngstown State, Jr.. Chantilly (Va.) 3.45 Criminal Justice
OL Jimmy Holtschlag, Western Illinois, Jr. Quincy (Ill.) 4.0 Agriculture Science
OL Jason Stegman, Southern Illinois, Sr., Belleville (Ill.) 3.73 Electrical Engineering

District 6 Winners
NCAA Division I
WR Brandon Hubert, South Dakota State, Jr., Gretna (Neb.) 3.61 Pharmacy
WR Jason Schneider, South Dakota State, So., Andover (Minn.) 3.98 Pre-Pharmacy
RB Zach Zenner, South Dakota State, So., Eagan (Minn.) 3.78 Biology/Pre-Medicine
OL Taylor Suess, South Dakota State, Jr., Columbus (Neb.) 3.95 Mechanical Engineering
OL Alex Olinger, South Dakota State, Sr., Ames (Iowa) 3.99 Pharmacy/Biology
OL Nick Purcell, South Dakota State, So.. Rapid City (SD) 4.0 Biology/Pre-Medicine
DB Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State, So., Fair Grove (Mo.) 3.97 Wildlife Conservation and Management
DB Bo Helm, South Dakota State, Sr., Childress (Texas) 3.47 Biology
DL Ryan Drevlow, North Dakota State, Jr., Gwinner (ND) 3.66 Electrical Engineering