CUP’s Genevro and Craig Named CoSIDA Academic All-District in Football; Three PSU Players Earn Honor

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CLARION, Pa. – Clarion University seniors Jacob Craig and Kevin Genevro were recognized for their outstanding work both in the classroom and on the field on Thursday, as both were named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District 1 team by a vote of college sports information directors.

(Photo of Kevin Genevro. Photo courtesy of Clarion University Athletics)

They will now progress to the national ballot for CoSIDA Academic All-America Recognition.

“This is a great recognition for our student-athletes, and two individuals that show their dedication both on and off the field,” head coach Chris Weibel said. “They’re everything we look for when we recruit to Clarion, and I’m hopeful more is coming their ways.”

Both Craig, the nephew of Keystone teacher Kevin Craig, and Genevro, an Elk County Catholic graduate, boast 4.00 GPA’s and are key contributors at their respective positions. Genevro, pursuing a degree in Business, has been the Golden Eagles’ leading receiver in 2016. He has 47 catches for 783 yards and a team-high nine touchdowns that is currently tied for second in the PSAC. His average of 16.7 yards per catch is third-highest among all players in the league with at least 47 catches. Craig, an Education major, leads the Golden Eagles with an average of 8.1 tackles per game and also has a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and five pass break-ups. Since returning from injury three weeks ago, he is averaging 12.0 tackles per game.

THREE PENN STATE PLAYERS ALSO NAMED COSIDA ALL-DISTRICT

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.– A trio of Penn State players – Tyler Yazujian, Grant Haley and Brandon Smith – also were selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team for their performance in the classroom and on the field. All three student-athletes are now eligible for consideration for the Academic All-America Team.

It is the third consecutive appearance on the team for Yazujian, who was a second-team Academic All-American a year ago.

Yazujian has a 3.87 grade point average in IST – security and risk analysis. In addition to his CoSIDA Academic All-American and All-District accolades, Yazujian is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and two-time Academic All-Big Ten choice. He is a seven-time Dean’s List selection and has two perfect 4.0 GPA semesters. He has handled all of the long snapping duties each of the last three seasons. With his reliable snapping, kicker Tyler Davis is off to the best kicking start in program history, hitting 21-of-22 career field goal attempts and all 41 extra point tries. Davis broke the school record earlier this season with 18 consecutive field goal attempts made.

Haley owns a 3.39 grade point average in advertising and public relations. He was an Academic All-Big Ten choice a year ago. Haley has 15 tackles on the season. He also returned the field attempt that was blocked by Marcus Allen for a touchdown and the game-winning score against No. 2 Ohio State. Haley was named Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week with Allen after the OSU game. Haley was also the Rose Bowl Game Big Ten Player of the Week on Oct. 24.

Smith carries a 3.79 grade point average in kinesiology and wants to become a pediatric oncologist. A former walk-on, Smith started the season as the third-string Mike linebacker but was thrust into starting in the third game of the season due to a series of injuries to the three opening day starting linebackers. Smith has shined in his expanded role, ranking fifth on the team with 39 tackles and leading the squad with two interceptions. He also has a pair of pass breakups and 3.0 tackles for loss. Smith was selected as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after posting 14 tackles in a win over Maryland. His interception and 22-yard return on the first defensive possession of the second half at Purdue sparked a 45-7 second-half surge by the Nittany Lions. Smith helps with his wife’s non-profit organization, Honduran Soles, which provides shoes to kids that need them in various countries. He and his wife traveled to Honduras during spring break in 2015 helped build a soccer field.


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