Delaware Football Standouts Rob McDowell, Ethan Clark Named to Capital One/CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic Team
November 17, 2011
Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware senior center Rob McDowell and junior defensive end Ethan Clark have both been selected to the Capital One/College Sports Information Directors District 2 All-Academic team.
McDowell (at right) and Clark (below left) were among 23 players named to the team, which is comprised of NCAA Division I players at both the Football Championship Subdivision and Football Bowl Subdivision. Student-athletes must carry a 3.3 or better grade point index, be a starter or key reserve, and be a sophomore or older. District 2 includes all schools in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Kentucky, West Virginia.
No. 15 ranked Delaware (6-4), which will close out its regular season this Saturday at Villanova in a game to be played at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., was among seven schools with two selections each on the team, joining St. Francis (Pa.), Lehigh, Kentucky, Robert Morris, Western Kentucky, and Marshall. No school had three selections.
This marks the third straight year that Delaware has had two or more selections on the team. The Blue Hens have now had 18 players honored on the CoSIDA District 2 team since K.C. Keeler took over the helm of the Blue Hens in 2002.
McDowell, a senior accounting and finance major with a minor in economics, carries a 3.48 grade point index. He has started all 10 games this season and anchored an offensive line that has opened holes for All-American running back Andrew Pierce. The Blue Hens rank No. 4 in the Colonial Athletic Association in rushing offense (164.0 yards per game), No. 3 in sacks allowed (1.80 per game), and No. 6 in scoring offense (25.8 points per game).
The Silver Spring, Md. native and DeMatha High School graduate has started 48 straight games since his true freshman season in 2008 and led the Blue Hens to the NCAA national championship game in 2010. McDowell earned second team All-CAA honors and was a pre-season All-American this fall. McDowell, who plans to attend Law School, has been a Dean’s List and CAA Academic Honor Roll student and interned with J.P. Morgan Investment Bank last spring. He has been involved in numerous community services events, including volunteering with the Delaware Food Food Bank, Special Olympics, National Bone Marrow Donors, A.I. duPont Children's Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, and Winter Haven Sleepy Nights (homeless shelter).
Clark, a junior from Essex Junction, VT (Essex High School), carries a 3.67 grade point average in exercise science with a minor in biology and will earn his degree this spring. The former walk-on is a two-year letterwinner and has appeared in 25 career games with 12 starts, collecting 34 tackles. He was a part-time starter for the 2010 Delaware team that went 12-3 and advanced to the NCAA championship game and helped that unit lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing under 12 points per game.
Clark, who is enrolled in the Honors Program, is a Dean’s List student and CAA Academic Honor Roll recipient. He is also a volunteer with Special Olympics, Newark Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, A.I. duPont Children's Hospital, and March of Dimes Relay for Life.
In addition to his CoSIDA honor, McDowell was recently one of 16 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) football student-athletes selected to the National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete team. In addition to the FCS selections, 45 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) athletes were honored as were 12 NCAA Division II players, 29 NCAA Division III players, and five NAIA student-athletes.
To be eligible, student-athletes must be considering post-graduate education, be a starter or key reserve, and have a 3.2 grade point average. McDowell was one of just three Colonial Athletic Association player named to the team, joining Old Dominion defensive lineman Ronnie Cameron and Rhode Island offensive lineman Kevin Rae.
Capital One/College Sports Information Directors of America District 2 All-Academic Team:
Offense - QB - John Kelly (St. Francis, Pa.); RB - Zach Barket (Lehigh); WR - Ryan Spadola (Lehigh), Jeff Wasilewski (St. Francis, Pa.); TE - Jack Doyle (Western Kentucky); OL - John Dowd (Navy), John Urschel (Penn State), Billy Joe Murphy (Kentucky), Stuart Hines (Kentucky), Logan Miles (Robert Morris), Rob McDowell (Delaware); K - Chris Philpott (Louisville).
Defense - DL - Myles Caragein (Pittsburgh), Emorty Attig (Eastern Kentucky), Ethan Clark (Delaware), Nolan Nearhoof (Robert Morris); LB - Tim Bolte (Bucknell), Brad Banas (Marshall), Tyson Gale (Marshall); DB - Brandon Ellis (Lafayette), Andrew Sutton (Monmouth), Arius Wright (Western Kentucky); P - Scott Lopano (Penn).
NCAA Division I FCS National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award Semifinalists: Herb Glass (Albany), Christopher Wilson (Arkansas-Pine Bluff), Nick Newsome (Austin Peay), Kyle Newhall-Caballero (Brown), Tim Bolte (Bucknell), Bob Hauschildt (Columbia), Luke Hussey (Dartmouth), Devon Langhorst (Dayton), Rob McDowell (Delaware), Michael Lahart (Dayton), Corey Leman (Eastern Illinois), Emory Attig (Eastern Kentucky), A.J. Harris (Elon), Kalan Jenkins (Georgia State), Mike McCable (Holy Cross), Eric Brunner (Illinois State), Ben Bourgeois (McNeese State), Alex Shaw (Montana), Catlin Solum (North Dakota), Matt Veldman (North Dakota State), Ben Bachelier (Northern Arizona), Ben Boothby (Northern Iowa), Yaser Elqutub (Northwestern State), Ronnie Cameron (Old Dominion), Matt Rae (Rhode Island), Travis Watson (Sam Houston State), Joe Collins (Samford), Chris Ganious (South Dakota), Brad Iverson (South Dakota State), Drew Nelson (Stephen F. Austin), Bobby Wysocki (Valparaiso), Patrick Witt (Yale), and Andrew Johnson (Youngstown State).