Junior offensive lineman Patrick O’Connell III and junior wide receiver Sean Cunningham were named to the 2015 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Football Team today. O’Connell is making his second straight appearance on the team, while Cunningham is a first time honoree.
To earn a spot on the Academic All-District teams, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average, be a starter or significant reserve, and be at least a sophomore academically. CoSIDA selects All-District teams from eight geographic regions across the United States and Canada. All-District honorees advance to the Academic All-America Team ballot, where first and second team Academic All-American honorees will be selected.
An economics major with a minor in Asian studies, O’Connell is a two-time Liberty League All-Academic selection. He is a member of the Orange Key Society, Hobart’s sophomore class honor society, and a Scandling and Legacy scholar.
On the field, O’Connell is a two-year starter at tackle, playing on the right side of the line last season before moving over to the left side this season. He has helped the Statesmen average 306.9 yards of offense this year. Hobart is coming off its best offensive performance of the season, producing 581 yards and 52 points last week at Union. O’Connell and the rest of the offensive line, rank third in the Liberty League in fewest sacks allowed (1.75/g).
O’Connell, who has played in 25 career games, was a 2014 All-Liberty League second team selection.
A mathematics major, Cunningham is a two-time Liberty League All-Academic selection as well.
Cunningham has played in all eight games this season and is third on the team in receptions and receiving yards. He caught a season-high four passes for 29 yards at Springfield last month, while recording a season-high 56 receiving yards on just two catches at Union. On the year, he has 13 receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown. In addition to pass catching, Cunningham also contributes on special teams. He’s third in the Liberty League in punt return average (8.5 yds/ret). His longest return of the season was a 59-yard effort for a touchdown against Endicott.
Cunningham has played in 30 games during his career, recording 16 receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns. He is averaging 6.6 yards per punt return. Cunningham earned All-Liberty League honorable mention last season as a return specialist.
Hobart is 5-3 overall this season with a 3-2 mark in Liberty League play. The Statesmen will host their final regular season home game on Saturday, Nov. 7 when St. Lawrence (7-1, 5-0) visits Boswell Field. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.
The game will be broadcast live by WEOS-FM (89.5/90.3) with live stats and All-Access Video available on HWSAthletics.com.