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Blackwell Earns Second Team Academic All-America Football Honors

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released their 2020-21 Division II Academic All-America Football Teams on Tuesday and Catawba’s Demetrius Blackwell earned second team honors. Blackwell is a senior offensive lineman.

Blackwell has been a starter on the offensive line since his freshman year in 2016. He missed most of the 2019 season with an injury and was awarded an extra year for 2021 due to the pandemic. Blackwell is a business major with a 3.65 GPA.

2020-21 Division II Academic All-America ® Football Team 
FIRST TEAM
QB - Evan Ernst, Ohio Dominican (Sr, 4.00, Finance)
RB - Brandon Blair, West Texas A&M (Sr, 4.00, Biology)
RB - Andrew Brazicki, Bentley (Sr, 3.70, Corporate Finance & Accounting)
WR - Henry Litwin (1), Slippery Rock (Gr, 3.66/4.00, Safety Management / MBA)
WR - Konnor Maloney, Hillsdale (Sr, 3.72, Exercise Science)
TE - Preston Guerra (1), Colorado State-Pueblo (Sr, 3.94, Business Management)
OL - Derek Ivey (1), Stonehill (Sr, 3.94, Economics)
OL - Lane Potter, Wayne State (Gr, 3.83/3.60, Global Supply Chain Mgmt. / MBA)
OL - Andrew Strickland (2), Wingate (Gr, 3.81/3.88, Accounting)
OL - Austin Wayt, Slippery Rock (Gr, 3.50/4.00, Safety Management / MBA)
OL - Madison Wrather, Northeastern State (Sr, 4.00, Cellular & Microbiology / Business)
K - Tanner Harding, Notre Dame College (Sr, 3.91, Psychology)
DL - Alexander Findura, Bloomsburg (Sr, 3.59, Business Management)
DL - Patrick McMahon, Davenport (Sr, 4.00, Accounting)
DL - Ricky Robinson (1), Shepherd (Gr, 3.88/4.00, Business Administration / MBA)
DL - JT Turner (2), Concord (Sr, 3.94, Business Administration)
LB - Jackson Cauthen, Tusculum (Sr, 3.95, Nursing)
LB - Jace McDown (2), Emporia State (Sr, 3.99, Health & Human Performance)
LB - Nathan Moore, Notre Dame College (Jr, 3.96, Management)
DB - Alexander Anschutz, Hillsdale (Sr, 3.86, Biochemistry)
DB - Brock Floyd, Southern Arkansas (Jr, 3.77, Business Administration / Management)
DB - Alex Shillow (2), Texas A&M-Commerce (Gr, 3.85/3.75, Sports & Rec Management / MBA)
DB - Eli Weber, Augustana (Jr, 3.67, Nursing)
P - Lane Spiker, Washburn (Sr, 3.70, Health Services Administration)
ST - Max Drinon, Bentley (Sr, 3.56, Supply Chain Management)
ST - Tucker Mullis, Wingate (Sr, 3.82, Management)

SECOND TEAM
QB - Grayson Willingham, Lenoir-Rhyne (Gr, 3.75/3.80, Business Administration)
RB - Toriano Clinton, Indianapolis (Jr, 3.42, Sport Management)
RB - Payton McAlister, Missouri Science & Technology (Jr, 3.41, Civil Engineering)
WR - Logan Bolin, Ashland (Gr, 3.60/3.75, Finance / MBA)
WR - Cole Thurness, Chadron State (Gr, 3.37/4.00, Organizational Management)
TE - Jordan Smith (#), Gannon (Sr, 4.00, Biomedical Engineering)
OL - Demetrius Blackwell, Catawba (Sr, 3.65, Business Administration)
OL - Eric Hudanick, California,PA (Gr, 3.51/3.77, Business Administration)
OL - Cole Johnson, Hillsdale (Sr, 3.83, Financial Management)
OL - Gavin Posey, Ashland (Jr, 3.88, Accounting)
OL - Kyle Urich, Missouri Science & Technology (Jr, 3.81, Mechanical Engineering)
K - Chase Allbaugh, Lenoir-Rhyne (Sr, 3.68, Business Management & Marketing)
DL - Shawn Aarhus, Concordia-St. Paul (Jr, 3.75, Health & Physical Education)
DL - Zach Howard, Northwest Missouri State (So, 3.51, Physical Education)
DL - Karron Jeter, Winston-Salem State (Sr, 3.52, Exercise Science)
DL - Luc Leszczynski, Winona State (Sr, 3.72, Economics / Finance)
LB - Jackson Barnes, Northwest Missouri State (Jr, 3.96, Chemistry / Medicinal Chemistry)
LB - Clay McDonald, West Liberty (Gr, 3.84/4.00, Business Management / MBA)
LB - Dalton Smerchek, Concordia-St. Paul (Sr, 3.97, Exercise Science)
DB - Luke Fritsch, Augustana (Sr, 3.81, Biology)
DB - John Merica, West Virginia Wesleyan (Jr, 3.76, Accounting)
DB - Dominique Ramsey, Texas A&M - Commerce (Sr, 3.43, Industrial Engineering)
DB - Connor Steeb, Indianapolis (Gr, 3.53/3.80, MBA)
P - Andrew Cantrell, Tusculum (Jr, 3.64, Chemistry & Pre-Pharmacy)

CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year: Evan Ernst, Ohio Dominican

(1) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team selection in 2019-20
(2) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® second team selection in 2019-20
(#) – CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team selection in 2018-19

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