ITHACA, N.Y. – UNCP continued to put its name among the region's academic elite on Thursday afternoon as Dan Atkins, Wes Carter and Ben Decelle were each named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Football Teams.
The team is released to recognize the nation's top student‐athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All‐America teams programs since 2011.
The announcement marked the first-honors for any of the trio. A total of 11 institutions were represented on the Super Region 2 Academic All-District Team, while the Black & Gold was one of five schools with multiple representatives. UNCP now boasts four academic all-district selections, including former Brave Adam Deese who was named an academic all-district selection as a senior in 2010.
All three players named to this year's squad will advance through to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second and third-team academic all-America honorees will be selected later this month.
Atkins, a Four Oaks native, maintains a 3.74 cumulative grade point average at UNCP in athletic training. On the field, the linebacker has played in all nine games for the Braves this season, totaling 30 tackles (16 solo), including one tackle for loss (-1 yard). He also has a quarterback hurry and a pass break-up to his credit as well.
A native of Albermarle, Carter carries a 3.82 cumulative GPA as a biology major at UNCP. In uniform, he has started all nine games for the Braves this season at left offensive tackle and has graded out near 85 percent on more than 400 offensive snaps. A two-year starter on the offensive line, Carter played a key role in UNCP's vaunted rushing attack last year that paved the way for 1,600-yard rusher Travis Daniels as well.
Decelle, a Rockwell product, maintains a 3.95 cumulative GPA as a political science major at UNCP. On the field, the wide receiver has played in all nine games for the Braves this season and has hauled in 38 catches for 414 yards and one touchdown, as well as tallied six tackles (three solo) on special teams. A two-year standout in the UNCP receiving corps, Decelle has 56 career receptions for 610 yards and four touchdowns.