BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University offensive lineman Graham Fisher and wide receiver Tony Washington(High Point Andrews) have been named first-team Capital One Academic All-District, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday.
The Capital One Academic All-District teams recognize student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To merit consideration, a nominee must carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher. District III includes all Division I institutions (FCS and FBS) in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
A junior wide receiver with a 3.77 grade point average in architectural design, Washington has made 24-consecutive starts and ranks among the Southern Conference top 15 with 32 receptions (13th), 423 receiving yards (ninth), 1,094 all-purpose yards (eighth) and a 28.4-yard kickoff return average and 8.6-yard punt-return average (both second). His kickoff- and punt-return averages both rank among the top 25 nationally and his 99-yard kickoff return versus Wofford on Oct. 20 was the longest by a Mountaineer in 44 years. Washington also made one of the biggest plays of Appalachian State’s season to date when he hauled in a 23-yard catch over a Georgia Southern defender for the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter of last week’s 31-28 win at top-ranked GSU.
With the All-District accolades, Fisher and Washington advance to the Capital One Academic All?America Team ballot. First and second?team Academic All?America honorees will be selected later this month.