Eric LaPorta Named CoSIDA Academic All-District


ALBANY, N.Y. – University at Albany football player Eric LaPorta has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Football Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. LaPorta is now eligible for the Academic All-America ballot.

A native of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., LaPorta maintains a 3.59 GPA in criminal justice and history, and has been UAlbany’s starting center for the past two seasons.

This fall, LaPorta’s play has helped UAlbany to the league’s top-ranked scoring offense (30.44), and has limited opponent sacks to just 1.44 per game. The junior has played a key role in leading the Great Danes to Top-25 rankings in both the FCS Coaches Poll and The Sports Network Top-25 for multiple weeks. In addition, LaPorta started every game in the Great Danes’ 2011 Northeast Conference Championship run and trip to the NCAA Tournament.

The 2012 Capital One Academic All‐District Football Teams recognize the nation’s top student‐athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. 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.

LaPorta and the rest of the UAlbany squad (7-2, 5-1 NEC) travel to take on Duquesne Saturday at 12:10 p.m.

 

NCAA DIVISION I (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT) DISTRICT I FIRST TEAM

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

GPA

Major

QB

Ryan Nassib

SYRACUSE

Gr.

Malvern, Pa.

3.60

Finance & managerial accounting

WR

Chris Looney

COLGATE

Sr.

Verona, N.J.

3.90

International relations / history

WR

Kurt Ondash

CORNELL

Sr.

New Canaan, Conn.

3.58

Applied economics / management

TE

Cameron Brate

HARVARD

Jr.

Naperville, Ill.

3.39

Economics

RB

Max Jacques

MARIST

So.

Salem, N.H.

3.50

Communications

RB

Sam Shipley

MAINE

Sr.

Santa Barbara, Calif.

3.91

Spanish / nursing

OL

John Collins

HARVARD

Sr.

Hull, Mass.

3.49

Government

OL

Kyle Elliott

RHODE ISLAND

Sr.

Cresskill, N.J.

3.57

Finance / communications

OL

Eric LaPorta

ALBANY

Jr.

Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

3.59

Criminal justice / history

OL

Macky MacPherson

SYRACUSE

Jr.

Syracuse, N.Y.

3.50

Geography

OL

Sam Rodgers

SYRACUSE

So.

State College, Pa.

3.86

Nutrition

OL

Jack Templeton

BROWN

Sr.

Ramsey, N.J.

3.47

History / economics

OL

Chris Zarkoskie

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Sr.

West Caldwell, N.J.

3.54

Psychology

K

Patrick Murray

FORDHAM

Sr.

Mahwah, N.J.

3.62

Finance

DB

Mike Banaciski

DARTMOUTH

Jr.

Hillsborough, N.J.

3.48

Engineering

DB

Sam Jones

HOLY CROSS

So.

Canal Winchester, Ohio

3.63

Political science

DB

Tom Mannix

HOLY CROSS

Sr.

Kenilworth, N.J.

3.40

Political science

DB

Brendan Melanophy

FORDHAM

Sr.

Danbury, Conn.

3.69

Finance

DB

Andrew Nelson

CORNELL

So.

Plymouth, Mich.

3.48

Undeclared

LB

Adewole Oyalowo

BROWN

Jr.

Bowie, Md.

3.64

Neuroscience

LB

Michael Runger

DARTMOUTH

Jr.

Lisle, Ill.

3.76

Economics

LB

Garrett Wymore

DARTMOUTH

Sr.

Palos Verdes, Calif.

3.90

Economics / neuroscience

DL

Ross Walthall

BROWN

Sr.

Carmel, Ind.

3.53

Political science / economics

DL

Zach Watts

U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY

Sr.

Pittsburgh, Pa.

3.46

Engineering management

DL

Michael Yules

BROWN

Jr.

South Dartmouth, Mass.

3.73

Economics

DL

Holt Zalneraitis

U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY

Jr.

Round Rock, Texas

4.01

Kinesiology

P

Jacob Dombrowski

HARVARD

Sr.

Gaylord, Mich.

3.36

Economics