GROVE CITY – Grove City College football players Cody Gustafson and Caleb Brake have earned College Sports Information Directors of America 1st-Team Division III Academic All-America honors through voting by the nation’s sports information directors.
Gustafson earned his second CoSIDA Academic All-America honor at wide receiver, while Brake earned Academic All-America as a punter.
Gustafson caught 49 passes for 623 yards and 5 TDs in 4 games this spring. He led the conference in all 3 categories. He caught 19 passes for 162 yards and 2 TDs April 9 against Westminster, setting a single-game GCC record for receptions. Gustafson earned the Presidents’ Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year award as well as 1st-Team All-PAC recognition.
A 3-time 1st-Team All-PAC honoree, Gustafson caught 61 passes for 1,246 yards and 13 TDs in 2019. He capped that season by earning ECAC James Lynah Bowl MVP honors in Grove City’s 41-38 win over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as he caught 13 passes for 239 yards and 3 TDs in that postseason win.
Gustafson owns Grove City’s career records in receptions (244), receiving yards (3,908) and TD catches (38).
Gustafson has earned a 3.93 GPA while majoring in mathematics. He is a Dean’s List honoree and a PAC Academic Honor Roll selection. Gustafson has also twice earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors in track & field. He is the 2nd GCC football player to earn multiple CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, joining Chris Gibbs (2012-13).
A 4-year letterman as Grove City’s punter/kickoff specialist, Brake earned All-PAC in each of his final 3 seasons. He earned Honorable Mention All-PAC in spring 2021 after averaging 36.4 yards/punt on 9 kicks, placing 3 inside the opponents’ 20 and did not have a touchback.
He earned Honorable Mention All-PAC in 2019 and 1st-Team recognition in 2018. He also earned All-ECAC South in 2018. Brake averaged 37.7 yards/punt during his career.
Brake earned a 3.65 cumulative GPA while majoring in accounting. He has been named to the Dean’s List and the conference’s Academic Honor Roll.
Brake is the 10th Grove City football player to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, joining Chuck Gaetano (1973), Pat McCoy (1974), Dick Miller (1975), Travis Croll (1989), Adam Eichler and Dave Salera (2008), Gibbs (2012, 2013), Brandon Berringer (2015) and Gustafson.
Grove City has produced at least one CoSIDA Academic All-American in each of the last 19 years. Brake is the 49th all-time GCC student-athlete to achieve CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
This is the first time since 2011 that Grove City has produced multiple Academic All-Americans in the same sport. That year, men’s soccer players Tim Boswell and Brian Eckenhoff earned CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition. Eichler and Salera are the other Grove City football teammates to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America in the same season.
• GREENWOOD, Ind. – Thiel College setter Courtney Grubbs has been named to the 2020-21 Academic All-America 3rd Team, as selected by CoSIDA.
Grubbs was named to the All-District 4 First Team in June, advancing her to All-America consideration. She is the first Thiel student-athlete to earn Academic All-America honors since Greenville High product Matt Crawford (2019). Grubbs is Thiel’s first women’s volleyball player to earn Academic All-America honors since Kelly Barzak (2013, 2012).
An early childhood and special education major, Grubbs carries a 4.0 cumulative GPA. She is also a 3-time PAC Academic Honor Roll honoree and has been named to the Dean’s List 6 times, which puts her on pace to receive Dean’s Key honors.
“Courtney is a hard worker on the court and in the classroom,” said Thiel women’s volleyball Head Coach Tyler North. “She is a team leader and exemplifies the type of student-athlete we look for in our program.”
Grubbs currently ranks 4th in school history in assists (2,012) and 2nd in assists per set (8.08). She is a 3-time All-PAC honoree, including 1st-Team accolades in 2019.
Grubbs and the Tomcats will begin their season Sept. 1 when they host the Penn State Behrend Lions at Beeghly Gymnasium in a non-conference match scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
• AUSTIN, Texas – Westminster College football team tied a program record with two players earning CoSIDA Academic All-America® as offensive lineman Cameron Mika and Linebacker Ian Barr earned the distinguished honor. Mika and Barr both earned 2nd-Team honors.
They are the first CoSIDA Academic All-Americans for the football team in 18 years since offensive lineman Jim Chaney (2003). It also marked only the second time in program history to have multiple CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and first since 1977 (linebacker Scot McLuckey and offensive tackle Paul Rice).
Mika, an accounting major, earned a GPA of 3.87. A 3-time All-PAC honoree (1st-Team as a senior), Mika helped lead a Titan offensive attack that was 2nd in scoring (35.4 points/ game) and rushing offense (163.4 yards/game) during his senior campaign. Mika was also named to the PAC Sportsmanship Team. During his career, Mika was a multiple CoSIDA Academic All-District and PAC Academic Honor Roll recipient.
A biology major, Barr boasted a GPA of 3.90, and has been on the PAC Academic Honor Roll every season.
Barr was rewarded for one of the finest defensive performances for a season in program history as he was named D3football.com 1st-Team All-American, PAC Defensive Player of the Year, 1st-Team All-PAC, and “In The (D3FB) Huddle” Defensive Player of the Season. Barr led NCAA Division III with 6 forced fumbles, while his 3 fumble recoveries were tied for the most in the country. Barr also had a pair of defensive TDs.
Westminster, under 7th-year Head Coach Scott Benzel, won its first PAC Championship in school history with an undefeated season (5-0) this past spring – capping its most successful season since joining NCAA D-III.