Seven CMU Football Players Earn Academic All-America Honors
FAYETTE, MO - Seven players from Central Methodist University's football team were named to the Capital One Academic All-America College Division first and second teams, as announced Monday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Senior Caleb Haynes, Jacob Heppner and Tyler Belt were named to the All-America first team. Senior Bradley Carter, junior Cody Davis, senior Kyle Gibson, and senior Ryan Adams were named to the All-America second team.
Central Methodist was tied for most players selected to the All-America teams. These players were recognized as some of the nation's top student-athletes for their performances on the field and in the classroom. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 grade-point average (GPA).
Haynes was one of two running backs selected to the All-America first team. Haynes is a physical education major with science and mathematics minors, and currently holds a 3.71 GPA. He rushed for a total of 443 yards and finished with eight touchdowns on the season.
Heppner was one of four defensive backs in the College Division to land a spot on the first team. Heppner is a mathematics major with an interdisciplinary minor, and currently holds a 4.0 GPA. He started eight games this season and had a total of 13 tackles. In 2010, he was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, as well as received the CMU Peak Performance Award and the CMU Strength & Conditioning Award.
Belt was one of three linebackers to earn All-America first team honors. He is an athletic training/pre-physical therapy major with a 3.89 GPA. For the season, he had 41 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Belt also had one interception on the season.
Carter was one of two receivers in the College Division named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team. Carter is majoring in physical education and currently holds a 3.83 GPA. He was named the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Special Teams Player-of-the-Week Oct. 24. As a punt returner for CMU in 2011, Carter had 13 returns for 183 yards and one touchdown. He had 6 receptions for 89 yards and one touchdown. Carter ranks ninth in the division for punt return yards per attempt. In 2010, he was selected as the CMU Most Valuable Player and CMU'S Outstanding Receiver.
Davis was one of two CMU linemen selected to the Academic All-America second team. He is majoring in history and minoring in physical science, while holding a 3.85 GPA. In 2010, Davis was honored as the CMU Most Improved Offensive Player. He is also a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.
Gibson was the second CMU offensive lineman to be named to the second team. Gibson is majoring in athletic training and minoring in biology, while holding a 3.85 GPA. In 2010, Gibson was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete and was also selected to the CMU Champions of Character council.
Adams received All-America second team honors as a defensive lineman. Adams is an English major with a 3.57 GPA. He had a total of seven tackles on the season, bringing his career total to 20. Adams has been honored as a 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletic, as well as a HAAC Scholar-Athlete in 2010.