AMHERST, Mass. – Niyi Odewade '17 of the Amherst College football team was named to the 2016 Capital One College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District first team as announced by the organization, Thursday.
First-team Academic All-District ® honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America ® Team ballot, where first, second and third team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
To be eligible for Academic All-America ® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings, and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
One of just 92 student-athletes across all divisions to be recognized on the District 1 first team, Odewade joins Middlebury College's Jared Lebowitz, Daniel Fulham, and Kevin Hopsicker, and Tufts University's Alex Kim, as the NESCAC's representatives.
Anchoring one of the stingiest defenses in the NESCAC, Odewade has racked up 21 tackles (5 solo, 16 assists) so far in 2016, including six tackles for a loss of 27 yards. He has also produced three sacks for a loss of 19 yards, averaging 3.5 tackles per game.