Story contributions courtesy of the DePauw & Kenyon Sports Information Departments
Kenyon senior defensive lineman Jacob LaPoint (Toledo, OH/Whitmer) and DePauw senior offensive lineman Jonathon Brugman (Lorton, VA/Menwith Hall, England) were both named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III Football Team as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America, it was announced on Wednesday, December 13th.
LaPoint was one of just four defensive linemen named to the Academic All-America® first team. Overall, two teams were selected with a combined total of 52 NCAA Division III student-athletes recognized. With the honor, LaPoint is the football program's first CoSIDA Academic All-American since Alex Oles in 2015 and the program's first first-team selection since Brett Williams in 2012. An economics major with a near-perfect grade point average, LaPoint played in all 10 games for the Lords during the 2017 season. He tied for fifth among his teammates with a total of 46 tackles. He led the team in both tackles-for-loss (12.5) and quarterback sacks (8.0). Those two numbers ranked fifth-best among all players in the NCAC. His 2017 season stat line also included one interception, four fumble recoveries and nine quarterback hurries.
Brugman, who was a second-team selection on the Academic All-America® Team, is majoring in computer science with a 3.87 cumulative grade point average and is on target to graduate in just three years. A starting right guard on the Tigers' football team, he has earned two varsity letters on the offensive line and was part of DePauw teams that totaled a 24-6 record and the only to win at least eight games in three consecutive seasons.
To be eligible for the CoSIDA Acadmeic All-America® Team, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America® honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. The Division III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division III national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 Division III Academic All-America® teams program.