AUSTIN, Texas (December 12, 2017) - Two members of the Colorado State University-Pueblo football team were honored Tuesday as College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America First Team. Senior Corbin Feenstra (OL, Superior, Colo.) earned the top academic honor for the third year in a row, while senior Josh Croy (DE, Littleton, Colo.) was recognized for the first time in his career.
Feenstra was one of just two selections to earn first team honors in three consecutive seasons, while there were five members of the teams that were three or four-time award winners. No one in CSU-Pueblo history (all sports) has earned three Academic All-America awards in their career.
The football team has twice totaled more than one Academic All-America in the same season, as the 2015 squad had three. Since restarting the program in 2008, CSU-Pueblo Football has gathered nine Academic All-America honors. The program has 13 selections all-time.
The 26 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II football first team members hold a composite 3.89 GPA. Eight first team honorees hold a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA. Thirteen CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II football selections are repeat picks from the 2016 honor squads with 10 of the veterans making the 2017 first team.
Feenstra owns a 3.97 GPA in business management and business administration, while Croy touts a 3.67 GPA in business management.
ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA BIOS
All-RMAC First Team … Named RMAC Defensive Player of the Week after the first game ... Started all 12 games at defensive end after missing last season due to injury ... Tied for second on the team with 59 tackles (26 solo) ... Added 9.0 tackles for loss (-26 yards), which was second on the team and 13th in the RMAC ... Totaled 3.0 sacks (-17 yards), added two break-ups and a forced fumble ... Academic All-RMAC First Team and Academic All-District ... Will leave CSU-Pueblo ranked fifth on the program's career tackles of loss (30) list and seventh all-time in sacks (11.5).
All-RMAC First Team ... Started all 12 games at center ... His his career, started 34 games at center (34 of his last 35 games) and played in 46 games on the offensive line ... The ThunderWolves scoring offense was second in the RMAC and 24th nationally at the end of the regular season ... The Pack had the 4th best rushing attack in the conference with 191.5 yards per game and led the league in completion percentage (60.9%) ... Helped guide a 1,000 yard rusher ... CSU-Pueblo ranked 3rd in the RMAC and 33rd nationally in sacks allowed (1.27 spg) and were 5th in the conference in tackles for loss allowed (5.73 tflpg) ... Academic All-RMAC First Team ... Three-time Academic All-District and two-time Academic All-American.
THE THUNDERWOLVES IN 2017
The Pack finished the season with a 9-3 overall record, while their 9-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference mark was good for a share of the league title. CSU-Pueblo advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs as a seven seed. The ThunderWolves fell 16-13 in overtime to No. 1 overall and No. 2 seed Minnesota State University, Mankato.
The defense closed the regular season top 20 nationally in nine categories, red zone defense (3rd, 57.7%), interceptions (4th, 21), team passing efficiency defense (4th, 88.95), defensive touchdowns (7th, 5), scoring defense (10th, 14.3), total defense (10th, 273.5), turnovers gained (11th, 27), turnover margin (17th, 1.0) and passing yards allowed (18th, 164.6).
– 30 –
As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.