Nov. 8, 2012
A trio of Conference USA football players have been named to the Capital One Academic All-District teams, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). East Carolina junior DL Matt Milner was selected in District 3 for the second consecutive season, UCF senior DB Lyle Dankenbring was named in District 4 and Rice junior DL Tanner Leland was listed in District 7.
A physics major, Milner earned the second academic all-district award of his career with a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average. He was the football program's first Academic All-America selection last season with his spot on the second team and was named the 2011-12 Conference USA Football Co-Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year. Milner also earned a selection to the C-USA's Commissioner's Honor Roll for the third time, received his third Commissioner's Academic Medal and secured a place on the C-USA All-Academic Team for the second-straight year.
A native of Palm City, Fla., Dankenbring received his bachelor's degree in political science (pre-law track with a coaching minor) in 2011, and is currently in the teacher education master's program. He was a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Tophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Dankenbring also has earned the Conference USA Academic Medal during his career for having a grade-point average above a 3.75.
Leland, who hails from Katy, Texas, is a previous member of the C-USA's Commissioner's Honor Roll multiple times and has earned the Commissioner's Academic Medal. He is a mathematical economic analysis major and maintains a 3.65 cumulative grade-point average.
To be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-District Football Teams, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at his current institution. No student-athlete is eligible until he has completed one full calendar year at his current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.
The 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Team will be announced later in November.