NEW YORK - Columbia senior defensive back Adam Mehrer was named to the 2010 ESPN Academic All-America® Football Second Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Mehrer is one of two Ivy Leaguers on the squad, which features the nation's best Division I college football student-athletes.  A four-year starter for the Lions at free safety, Mehrer was one of the top defensive backs in the Ivy League throughout his career.  He is on track to graduate from Columbia College in May with a bachelor's degree in economics.  Mehrer currently sports a 3.47 grade point average.

Mehrer finished second on the Columbia squad with 67 tackles in 2010.  He also had an interception, nine pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.  He was a second-team All-Ivy League selection at defensive back as a junior in 2009.

A native of Midlothian, Va., Mehrer is Columbia's first Academic All-America honoree of the 2010-11 season after two Lions (Patrick Foley, men's basketball and Jeff Spear, fencing) were named Academic All-Americans during the 2009-10 academic year. 

Mehrer is the first Columbia football player since Darren Schmidt '07 was honored as an Academic All-American in fall 2006.