NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware junior offensive lineman Collin Wallish has been honored for his outstanding work in the classroom as he was selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District II All-Academic Football team this week.

Wallish, a 6-6, 265 lb. center from Silver Spring, Md. (St. John's College High School), is an electrical engineering major who carries a 3.929 grade point average. He is the 31st student-athlete in UD history to be named to the district team and the eighth since the 2010 season. Delaware has had at least one player selected to the team 18 times over the last 20 seasons and 10 have been selected as Academic All-Americans.

He was one of 26 student-athletes from the NCAA Division I FCS and FBS level named to the District II team, all of whom now advance to the national CoSIDA Academic All-American ballot.

To be eligible, student-athletes must be a starter or key reserve, have attended their school for at least two semesters, and carry a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average. District II includes all schools in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, and the District of Columbia.

Wallish has appeared in all 10 games this season for the Blue Hens, who take a record of 7-3 overall (5-2 Colonial Athletic Association) into Saturday's regular season finale at Villanova. A win would likely vault Delaware into the 24-team NCAA Tournament field that will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 18.

A backup center behind two-time all-conference center Brody Kern, Wallish has also been a key member of the Blue Hen special units as a blocker on placements. As a unit, the Blue Hens have been perfect on all 27 extra point attempts and on 11 of 18 field goal attempts. He played in 10 games in a similar role as a sophomore in 2016.

He is a Dean's List student and a three-time member of the CAA Academic Honor Roll.

Wallish was one of seven Colonial Athletic Association athletes honored on an all-district team and was joined by New Hampshire’s Kyle Reisert and Nick Marino on the District I team and by William & Mary’s Daniel Kuzjak and Elon’s Nick Groll, Malcolm Summers, and Matt Foster on the District III team.

The District II team consisted of running backs Nick Sharga (Temple) and Charlie Volker (Princeton), wide receivers Jack Horan (Bucknell) and Charles Walker (Kentucky), tight end Matt Valenzuela (St. Francis, Pa.), offensive linemen Richard Bush (Princeton), Matt Fitzpatrick (Duquesne), Nathan Kirchmier (Penn), and Andrew Wood (Navy), placekicker Austin MacGinnis (Kentucky), special teams player Blake Best (Kentucky), defensive linemen Kurt Holuba (Princeton), Harrison Kauffman (Lehigh), Jimmy Mitchell (Lehigh), and Louis Vecchio (Penn), linebackers Jeffrey Canady (Eastern Kentucky), Brandon Smith (Penn State), Mark Pyles (Bucknell), and Adam Wollett (Robert Morris), defensive backs Trent Crossan (Lafayette), Nick Rinella (St. Francis), Zach Shipley (Murray State), and Jelani Williamson (Georgetown), and punters Ryan Anderson (Rutgers) and Blake Gilliken (Penn State). 

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