Brandon Wingeier is just the eighth UD football player to be a two-time First Team Academic All-American.
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The University of Dayton has placed four Flyer football players on the 2010 University Division ESPN Academic All-District IV Team, the most of any team in the country for the third straight year, it was announced Thursday. Dayton’s four selections matched fellow Pioneer Football League member Davidson and Central Arkansas for the most selections of any Division I program.
Senior defensive end Brandon Wingeier (Newark, Ohio) was named first team all-district for the third straight year. Wingeier is a two-time First Team ESPN Academic All-American. Senior linebacker Joe Ries (Cincinnati, Ohio) was also honored for the third time. Ries was a second team selection in 2008 and 2009.
Also named were senior safety A.J. Kaltenbach (New Albany, Ohio) and senior defensive end Devon Langhorst (Sidney, Ohio).
Wingeier is a Mechanical Engineering major. Ries majors in Sport Management, while Kaltenbach is a Business Marketing major and Langhorst is an Intervention Specialist major.
The ESPN All-District team is the first step in selecting this year's Academic All-America team. Everyone named to the district first teams appears on the ESPN Academic All-America national ballot.
The District IV teams are made up of student-athletes from Division I-A and I-AA schools in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. To be nominated, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve, and carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher. Team members are selected by a vote of members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) within the district.
The Dayton football program has produced 19 Academic All-Americans since the 2000 season. That's the most by any school at any level of college football, and includes the 2007 Division I ESPN The Magazine All-American of the Year, Brandon Cramer.
In the history of the Academic All-America program, UD has had 49 Academic All-Americans. Among schools currently playing Division I football, only Nebraska (97) and Notre Dame (52) have had more. UD has had at least one football player named Academic All-American in 23 of the last 24 years.
Dayton is 8-1 overall, has won seven straight games and is tied for first place with Jacksonville in the Pioneer Football League with a 6-0 record. The Flyers play Drake Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET at Welcome Stadium.