WASHINGTON - The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced it's 2019 Academic All-District® Football Teams and Gallaudet University landed three players on the District 2 team for Division III. Gallaudet's honorees include senior offensive lineman Matthew Cracraft (Ferris, Texas), junior offensive lineman Cress Fisher (Boyerstown, Pa.) and sophomore running back Cassmeir Hutchinson (Chesapeake, Va.). The trio will now be added to the national ballot for the chance to earn Academic All-America honors, which will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Gallaudet has had nine CoSIDA Academic All-District® honorees since 2012. Former GU standout Adham Talaat is the only Bison that has earned Academic All-America honors (2012, '13) in football.
GU's trio of Cracraft (one start), Fisher (eight starts) and Hutchinson (seven starts) saw action in all eight games the Bison (2-6, 2-3 ECFC) played this season. Fisher and Cracraft helped the Bison rushing attack average 235.0 yards per game and tally 1,880 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns during the season. Hutchinson ran for 520 yards on 64 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also made seven receptions for 30 yards and one score and averaged 103.9 all-purpose yards per game.
Gallaudet leads the way with three of the four honorees that hail from the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC). The conference is also represented by Dean College kicker Jacob Bisson.
To be eligible for CoSIDA Academic honors, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. District Two is comprised of Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and West Virginia.
GALLAUDET'S CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT® FOOTBALL HONOREES
- 2019: Matthew Cracraft, Cress Fisher, Cassmeir Hutchinson
- 2016: Brad Peterson
- 2015: Sean Fenton
- 2014: Nico Santiago
- 2013: Nicholas Elstad, Adham Talaat
- 2012: Adham Talaat
About CoSIDA's Academic All-America® Program
CoSIDA began this program in the 1950's, and since then, has honored thousands of deserving student-athletes from numerous sports and across all divisions with these elite CoSIDA Academic All-America® scholar-athlete honors. Currently, CoSIDA honors Academic All-Americans in 12 sports.
The CoSIDA Academic All-District® teams include the student-athletes listed per sport and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes basketball honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
The Division II and III CoSIDA Academic All-America® programs are partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2019-20 Divisions II and III Academic All-America® programs. The NAIA CoSIDA Academic All-America® program is partially financially supported through the NAIA national office.