Schwartz, Azusa Pacific Lead Football All-Academic Team
Azusa Pacific senior defensive end Jason Schwartz is one of 10 repeat selections to the All-Academic Team and one of five with a 3.8 GPA or better.
Azusa Pacific senior defensive end Jason Schwartz is one of 10 repeat selections to the All-Academic Team and one of five with a 3.8 GPA or better.
Humboldt State's Chase Krivashei is a four-time GNAC All-Academic Selection.
Humboldt State's Chase Krivashei is a four-time GNAC All-Academic Selection.

Friday, November 3, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. – One of the conference’s top defensive performers is among the top academic performers as well as Azusa Pacific senior defensive end Jason Schwartz headlines the 2017 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Football All-Academic Team.

Schwartz is one of a league-leading 17 selections to the squad for the Cougars and is one of nine Azusa Pacific performers with a 3.50 cumulative grade point average or better. Boasting a 3.39 GPA as a business marketing major, Schwartz is fourth in the GNAC with 0.44 sacks per game (4 total) and has 23 tackles on the season, including four for loss.

The senior is among a total of 47 selections to the Football All-Academic Team, which recognizes the top classroom performers in the GNAC. To qualify for the team, a student-athlete must be of sophomore standing or greater, must be in their second season of competition at the nominating institution and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or greater.

Schwartz is one of five GNAC football players to own a 3.80 GPA or better. He is joined on that list by Cougars’ teammates Andrew Elffers and Carter Kragero, Central Washington’s Drew Wallen and Western Oregon’s Calen Tingstadt.

Schwartz is also among 18 repeat selections to the squad and one of nine to have been named to the squad three times. Doing one better than a three-time selection is Humboldt State wide receiver Chase Krivashei, who earned his fourth All-Academic thanks to his medical hardship year in 2016.

Also among the three-time honorees is Azusa Pacific’s Elffers, Central Washington’s Sean Elledge, Kevin Haynes, Kyle O’Donnell and Justin Peterson; Humboldt State’s Alex Cappa and Jared Layel; and Western Oregon’s Tyler Johnson.

This year’s All-Academic Team includes five players that were selected to the 2016 All-GNAC Team. Azusa Pacific’s Elffers, Central Washington’s Haynes and Huerta and Humboldt State’s Cappa were all first-team selections while the Wildcats’ Elledge was a second-team selection.

Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Blaine Aguiar Applied Exercise Science Jr. 3.36 Atascadero, Calif.
Abe Berg Business Management So. 3.36 Corona, Calif.
* Jabrion Burnside Business Management Jr. 3.30 San Diego, Calif.
Preston Campbell Business Administration (MBA) Sr. 3.60 Phoenix, Ariz.
DJ Chafflin Communication So. 3.20 Honolulu, Hawaii
*+ Andrew Elffers Business Administration (MBA) Sr. 3.81 Arcadia, Calif.
Clay Garcelli Allied Health So. 3.40 Ontario, Calif.
Jacob Hall Systems Engineering Jr. 3.60 Greenville, Ill.
Carter Kragero Economics So. 3.96 Happy Valley, Calif.
Harrison Morgan Accounting So. 3.72 Murrieta, Calif.
Colton Schwab Business Marketing So. 3.69 Bellingham, Wash.
*+ Jason Schwartz Business Marketing Sr. 3.93 Santa Barbara, Calif.
Lavell Thomas Communication Studies Jr. 3.45 Riverside, Calif.
Brady VanderDussen Business Marketing So. 3.67 Visalia, Calif.
Sam VanderDussen Systems Engineering So. 3.71 Visalia, Calif.
* Jonah Wataru Business Management Jr. 3.51 Honolulu, Hawaii
Lucas Widmer Applied Exercise Science Jr. 3.60 Lathrop, Calif.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Luke Asbjornsen Physical Education Jr. 3.23 Graham, Wash.
*+ Sean Elledge Business Administration Sr. 3.35 Monroe, Wash.
*+ Kevin Haynes Business Administration Sr. 3.50 Battle Ground, Wash.
* Jackson Huerta Business Administration Sr. 3.21 Covington, Wash.
* Jonathan Kuhn Law & Justice Sr. 3.47 Mercer Island, Wash.
*+ Kyle O’Donnell Clinical Physiology Sr. 3.24 Stanwood, Wash.
Kyler Ooley Business Administration So. 3.26 Tacoma, Wash.
*+ Justin Peterson Clinical Physiology Sr. 3.40 Lynden, Wash.
Tyren Sams Undeclared So. 3.24 Bellevue, Wash.
* Chandler Strueli Mechanical Engineering Jr. 3.65 Enumclaw, Wash.
* Drew Wallen Business Adminstration Jr. 3.98 Auburn, Wash.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
James Bain Criminology & Justice Jr. 3.30 Camarillo, Calif.
*+ Alex Cappa Kinesiology Sr. 3.36 Dublin, Calif.
Isaiah Hall Criminology & Justice So. 3.54 Temecula, Calif.
*+# Chase Krivashei Kinesiology Sr. 3.76 Corona, Calif.
*+ Jared Layel Communication Sr. 3.62 Redlands, Calif.
Samuel Madden Kinesiology Sr. 3.47 Fresno, Calif.
Robert Matthews Criminology & Justice Jr. 3.24 Los Angeles, Calif.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
* Ben Minaker Biomedical Physiology Jr. 3.27 West Kelowna, B.C.
Name Academic Major Year GPA Hometown
Ty Currie Economics Jr. 3.50 Yreka, Calif.
Casey Gates English Sr. 3.20 Redmond, Ore.
*+ Tyler Johnson Business Sr. 3.34 Eugene, Ore.
Nathan Jones Business Sr. 3.24 Scio, Ore.
Josh Joyner Education Sr. 3.22 Dayton, Nev.
Hudson Kennedy Education Sr. 3.51 West Linn, Ore.
Blaine Manabe Exercise Science So. 3.28 Honolulu, Hawaii
Derek Parnell Business Jr. 3.29 Portland, Ore.
Joey Roos Exercise Science Jr. 3.36 Albany, Ore.
Calen Tingstadt Economics Jr. 3.87 Lynnwood, Wash.
* Andrew Weber Biology Sr. 3.28 Vale, Ore.

* - 2016 All-Academic Selection  + - 2015 All-Academic Selection   # - 2014 All-Academic Selection