Thursday, November 8, 2012NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College sophomore football player Mike Annarella (New Castle, PA / Union) was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Football Team released Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A 6-foot offensive lineman, Annarella earned first-team honors for NCAA Division III District 4. As a first-team selection, Annarella will be on the ballot for Academic All-America status which will be selected later this month.
Annarella, a public relations major with a 3.57 grade-point average, has been a key contributor to the Westminster's rushing game. The Titans currently rank third in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) averaging 167.9 rushing yards a game and tops the conference with 4.8 yards a carry. Annarella has also helped paved the way for Titan junior running back Tyler Banks (Meadville, PA / Meadville) who is fourth in the conference averaging 79.6 yards rushing per game.
Westminster (3-5, 2-5 PAC) will travel to Geneva Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Titans' final game of the season.
To be nominated for the Academic All-District teams a student must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA and have competed at his or her current institution for one year.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.