Elon’s Groll Collects Second Career Academic-All District Football Honor

ELON, N.C. – For the second consecutive year, Elon University football player Nick Groll has earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 Football Team and will now be eligible for Academic All-American accolades.

This marks the first time an Elon player has earned back-to-back Academic All-District accolades since running back A.J. Harris did so in three straight seasons from 2009-11.

Groll, a defensive lineman from Armonk, N.Y., carries a 3.68 GPA as an economics major. He is also pursuing minors in communications and music. Through eight games, the junior has tallied 17 total tackles, including 3.0 tackles for a loss and 2.0 sacks. Groll has one quarterback hurry on the year. He began the year with a season-high six-tackle performance against Gardner-Webb. Groll is a four-time Dean’s List recipient and has been named to the President’s List once. He was a member of the 2014 and 2015 CAA Football Academic All-Conference Team.

To be eligible for Academic All-District honors, a player must compete in at least 50 percent of the team’s contest, must have reached at least sophomore athletic eligibility, have completed at least one full calendar year at the institution and carry at least a 3.30 GPA.

2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 Football Team (Division I)

Punter          Parker Henry 	Tennessee 	Jr. 	4.00, Finance
Quarterback 	Lee McNeill 	Charlotte 	Gr. 	3.98, 4.00, Business Admin./MBA
Receiver 	Jordan Smith 	Tennessee Tech 	Sr. 	3.60, EXPW/Pre-Physical Therapy
Receiver 	Zay Jones 	East Carolina 	Sr. 	3.56, Communications
Tight End 	Daniel Montiel 	Memphis 	Sr. 	3.53, Liberal Studies
Running Back 	Derrick Craine 	Chattanooga 	Sr. 	3.61, Exercise Science
Running Back 	Elijah Hood 	North Carolina 	Jr. 	3.34, Information & Library Sciences
Offensive Line 	Tyler Compton 	Old Dominion 	Sr. 	3.92, 3.77, Mathematics/MBA
Offensive Line 	Brian Stryffeler 	Campbell Jr. 	3.90, Exercise & Sports Science
Offensive Line 	Dylan Wiesman 	Tennessee 	Sr. 	3.47, Kinesiology
Offensive Line 	Will Holden 	Vanderbilt 	Sr. 	3.63, Human & Organizational Development
Offensive Line 	Lucas Holder 	Liberty 	Gr. 	3.69, 3.89, Government/Middle Eastern Affairs
Kicker 	        Jake Elliott 	Memphis 	Sr. 	3.86, Marketing Management
Defensive Back 	Ryan Janvion 	Wake Forest 	Sr. 	3.53, Business & Enterprise Management
Defensive Back 	Alonzo Saxton II 	Duke 	Jr. 	3.48, Theater Studies
Defensive Back 	Todd Kelly Jr. 	Tennessee 	Jr. 	3.33, Biochemistry & Cellular/Molecular Biology
Defensive Back 	Josh Okonye 	Wake Forest 	Jr. 	3.33, Health & Exercise Science
Linebacker 	Micah Kiser 	Virginia 	Sr. 	3.38, Foreign Affairs
Linebacker 	Josh Poplar 	Tennessee Tech 	So. 	3.94, Marketing
Linebacker 	A.J. Newman 	Western Carolina Jr. 	3.68, Finance
Defensive Line 	Nick Groll 	Elon 	        Jr. 	3.68, Economics
Defensive Line 	Andrew Mayton 	Western Carolina 	Jr. 	3.59, Nursing
Defensive Line 	A.J. Wolf 	Duke 	        Sr. 	3.71, 3.50, Management Studies
Defensive Line 	Bunmi Rotimi 	Old Dominion 	Jr. 	3.40, Marketing