St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 17, 2017 – Washington University in St. Louis had a Division III-best nine student-athletes named to the 2017 Academic All-District Five Football Team, as announced Friday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Junior Jake Coon, sophomore John Fisher, senior Garris Goe, senior Nick Leduc, senior Mark McMillin, junior Hank Michalski, senior Andrew Ralph, senior Marcus Ramspott and junior Jason Singer each took home the honor for WashU.
Goe earned the honor for the third-straight year, while Coon and Ramspott were repeat selections from a year ago.
Coon started all nine games at linebacker, and was first on the squad in interceptions (3) and second in tackles (65). He was also third in the University Athletic Association (UAA) in interceptions per game (0.33) and fourth in tackles per game (7.2). Coon recorded a season-high 12 stops at Wartburg and vs. No. 4 North Central. A two-time Academic all-UAA selection, he has a 3.72 grade point average while majoring in finance and accounting.
Fisher started six of nine games at running back, and led the Bears with 386 yards on 81 carries (4.8 avg.) with a pair of touchdowns. He was also fourth in the UAA in rushing yards per game (42.9). Fisher ran for a career-best 83 yards on 11 carries at Washington and Lee. He has a 4.0 GPA while majoring in finance and accounting.
Goe started eight of nine games played on the defensive line and had 15 tackles, one sack and one interception. He recorded a tackle in all nine games, and recorded his first career interception vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater. A three-time Academic all-UAA selection, Goe has a 3.99 GPA while majoring in economics and strategy.
Leduc started five of nine games played on the defensive line and recorded 39 tackles and a team-high 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He ranked first in the UAA in sacks and in tackles for loss. Leduc tied a career-high with seven tackles vs. Chicago and at Washington and Lee. He also had a career-high 2.5 sacks vs. Chicago. A three-time Academic all-UAA selection, Leduc has a 3.78 GPA while majoring in finance.
McMillin started seven of nine games played at tight end, and also served as the long snapper for extra points and field goals. He had seven receptions for 38 yards and a pair of touchdowns. McMillin hauled in a career-high three catches for 11 yards and two TDs against Buena Vista. A three-time Academic all-UAA selection, he has a 3.75 GPA while majoring in mechanical engineering.
Michalski started all nine games at center for WashU in 2017. The Bears' offense averaged 27.2 points and 390.4 yards per game, and scored 20 or more points in eight of nine games played. WashU also led the UAA in passing offense (274.8). A two-time Academic all-UAA selection, Michalski has a 3.85 GPA while majoring in Finance, Economics & Strategy.
Ralph started nine games for the Bears at defensive back, and was fifth on the team with 55 tackles. He also added four tackles for loss and two sacks. Ralph recorded a season-high nine tackles, two sacks and a tackle for loss at Wartburg. A three-time Academic all-UAA selection, he has a 3.53 GPA while majoring in finance, leadership and strategic management.
Ramspott started all nine games at wide receiver and led the team with 55 catches for 480 yards and a touchdown. He was first in the UAA in receptions per game (6.1) and fifth in receiving yards per game (55.3). Ramspott had a career-high 10 catches for 110 yards at Wartburg. A three-time Academic all-UAA selection, Ramspott has a 3.55 GPA while majoring in chemistry.
Singer started five of nine games at wide receiver and had 32 catches for a team-high 496 yards and seven touchdowns. He was second in the UAA in receiving touchdowns, and was fourth in receiving yards per game (55.1) and fifth in receptions per game (3.6). Singer had three 100-yard receiving games, including a career-high seven receptions for 130 yards and three TDs. A two-time Academic all-UAA selection, he has a 3.58 GPA while majoring in chemistry.
To be eligible for nomination to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore in academic standing with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA, and must be a starter or an important reserve.
All nine student-athletes are now eligible to be selected to the Academic All-America Team, announced Dec. 13.