Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Garcia earns ESPN First Team Academic All-America recognition

GOLDEN, Colo. (Nov. 23, 2010) – Colorado School of Mines’ Clay Garcia has been named ESPN First Team Academic All-America (College Division) as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A 6’0”, 200-lb. junior quarterback from Alamosa, Colo. (Alamosa High School), Garcia also earned ESPN First Team Academic All-District VII (College Division) honors from CoSIDA earlier this fall.  Garcia is one of nine national finalists for the 2010 Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year.  The top three finalists will be announced on Monday, December 6th.

Garcia, a four-time RMAC Offensive Player of the Week selection in 2010, also garnered First Team All-RMAC, First Team Academic All-RMAC (unanimous selection) and RMAC Football Academic Player of the Year accolades this year.

Garcia (352-of-567 passing; 62.1%) led the RMAC in touchdown passes (39), passing yards per game (338.8) and total offense (337.7 yards per game) this fall.  Garcia, who is currently tied for first in the nation in touchdown passes, tied the CSM single-season record in that category in 2010.  Garcia led the RMAC and is currently ranked fourth in the nation in passing yards (4,066), as well.

A Boettcher Scholar since his arrival at CSM in the fall of 2007, Garcia earned recognition on the Academic All-RMAC Honor Roll in 2008 and 2009.  Garcia, who has qualified for the CSM Dean’s List during every semester of his collegiate career, earned the Academic Achievement Award from the NCAA Division II Athletic Directors Association during the 2008-09 school year, as well.

CSM (9-3 overall, 8-1 RMAC) qualified for the NCAA Division II football championships for the second time in program history in 2010.  The Orediggers, who had 18 players named to the 2010 All-RMAC Football Teams, were RMAC Co-Champions.  Garcia was selected as the RMAC Offensive Player of the Year, Marc Schiechl was selected as the RMAC Defensive Player of the Year and Bob Stitt was named RMAC Coach of the Year.  Schiechl is a nominee for the Gene Upshaw Award as the NCAA Division II Lineman of the Year.

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