MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior linebacker Shayne Kaminski and junior offensive lineman Joe Wilson of the Wesleyan University football team have been honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for their excellence on the field and in the classroom, as they were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District® First Team. As first-team selections, Kaminski and Wilson are now eligible for the Academic All-America® Team ballot.
The Academic All-District® teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognized honorees in four divisions – NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division, which includes all NAIA, Canadian, two-year schools, and other affiliations.
Kaminski, a tri-captain and Economics major, capped off an incredible four-year career with 62 tackles in 2017. His 6.9 tackles per game were second-best on the team and ranked 13th in the NESCAC. Additionally, the Hopkinton, Mass. native finished sixth in the conference with two interceptions—one to seal the win in overtime against Tufts and the other returned 31 yards for a touchdown at Amherst—and 19th in sacks with 3.5. Kaminski, a 2016 All-NESCAC Second Team Defense selection, was once again a leader on one of the league's top defenses in which Wesleyan ranked second in scoring (16.1 points/game) and third in total defense (305.1 yards/game).
Wilson, a two-time all-conference selection, has been a staple on the offensive line throughout his career. The Economics major protected junior quarterback Mark Piccirillo all season, to help lead the Cardinals to one of the most effective offensive productions in program history. Wesleyan led the NESCAC in total offense (417.2 yards/game) and average time of possession (34:06), and ranked second in passing yards (303 yards/game) and passing touchdowns (22). The historic 2017 season saw Wesleyan's offense break an incredible 18 program records.
Kaminski and Wilson advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, with first- and second-team Academic All-America honorees to be announced in December.