NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The Coast Guard Academy placed 21 players on the New England Football Conference (NEFC) All-Academic team as announced by the conference.
It is the second straight season that the Bears have had 21 players on the team after having had just eight players named to the team in 2015 and 11 in both 2013 and 2014.
The junior class led the way for the Bears with 11 players making the team while the senior class and sophomore classes added five more each to the All-Academic team.
"Congratulations to our football cadet-athletes who have been recognized by the NEFC for their outstanding academic achievements," said Tim Fitzpatrick, Coast Guard Academy Director of Athletics. "We are very proud of them and thank them for their relentless pursuit of excellence both in the classroom and on the gridiron. This accomplishment speaks volumes about the strong emphasis on academic, military and athletic success that Coach George and his staff stress so consistently to our players."
Senior offensive lineman J.D. Dunaway along with defensive lineman Brendan McNeil (Management) both earned honors for the third straight season while senior linebacker Eric Harris (Marine and Environmental Science), defensive lineman Logan Mars (Management) and quarterback Derek Victory (Government) were all named to the team for the first time.
Junior tight end Cody Bain (Electrical Engineering), wide receiver Adam Davis (Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering), defensive linemen Vince DeTerlizzi (Mechanical Engineering) and Logan Sullivan (Mechanical Engineering), wide receiver Jackson Morton (Marine and Environmental Sciences), defensive backs Matt O'Donnell (Mechanical Engineering), Ryan Robertson (Mechanical Engineering) and Oliver Kremer (Civil Engineering) and offensive lineman Gabe Zogby (Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering) all earned All-Academic honors for the second straight season.
Junior defensive backs Will Daniels (Electrical Engineering) and Tyler Exum (Electrical Engineering) were both named to the team for the first time.
Linebacker Titus Creamer (Mechanical Engineering), offensive linemen William Boardman (Government) and Hudson Dunaway (Government), defensive lineman Sam Lowe (Operations Research and Computer Analysis) and defensive back Luke Thompson (Operations Research and Computer Analysis) were the five sophomores named to the team in their first year of eligibility.
To earn a spot on the NEFC All-Academic team, a player must have completed three semesters at the same institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.