Blackwell and Thurston Grab Academic All-Super Region 2 Football Honors


AUSTIN, Texas -- Catawba placed two players on the 2020-21 CoSIDA Academic All-District III football team. Earning a spot on the Super Region 2 squad were senior offensive lineman Demetrius Blackwell and senior defensive lineman Steven Thurston II.
Blackwell has been a starter on the offensive line for Catawba since his freshman season, making 37 starts over 38 games. He has a current 3.65 GPA and is majoring in business administration.

Thurston played in 18 games with Catawba as he fought through injuries. He recorded 35 career tackles with a sack and three stops for losses. He compiled a 3.45 GPA while majoring in sports management.

The Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structures, assisting CoSIDA with the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2020-21 DII Academic All-America® teams' program. To be nominated for Academic All-America® honors, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and must be a starter or a significant reserve on their team.

2020-21 Academic All-District® Football Team

NCAA DIVISION II – Super Region 2
QB - Grayson Willingham, Lenoir-Rhyne (Gr., 3.75/3.80, Business Administration)
RB - Sam Wilder, Mississippi College (Jr., 4.00, Business Administration)
WR - Trevor Grant, Wingate (So., 4.00, Finance)
OL - Demetrius Blackwell, Catawba (Sr., 3.65, Business Administration)
OL - Christian Coulter, Tusculum ( So., 3.47, Sports Science)
OL - Hunter Jolly, Wingate (Sr., 3.38, Exercise Science)
OL - Andrew Strickland, Wingate ( Gr., 3.81/3.88, Accounting (UG) / Accounting (G))
OL - Najee Wilson, Winston-Salem State (Sr., 3.42, Business Administration)
K - Chase Allbaugh, Lenoir-Rhyne (Sr., 3.68, Business Management & Marketing)
DL - Gavin Greene, Mississippi College (Sr., 3.43, Administration of Justice / Homeland Security)
DL - Karron Jeter, Winston-Salem State (Sr., 3.52, Exercise Science)
DL - Steven Thurston, Catawba (Sr., 3.45, Sports Management)
LB - Jackson Cauthen, Tusculum (Sr., 3.96, Nursing)
LB - Ridge Futral, Mississippi College (Jr., 4.00, Biochemistry)
LB - Jonathan Jones, Mississippi College (Sr., 3.55, Kinesiology)
P - Andrew Cantrell, Tusculum (Jr., 3.64, Chemistry & Pre-Pharmacy)
ST - Tucker Mullis, Wingate (Sr., 3.82, Management)

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