CLEVELAND, Ohio—Columbia football senior Gianmarco Rea was named to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association All-Star Team, the organization announced on Friday.
A 2016 First Team All-Ivy League selection, Rea led the conference and ranked No. 12 nationally in total tackles (108) while leading the Lion defense from his middle linebacker position. The award marks Rea’s third academic honor of the season as he was previously named a Fall Academic All-Ivy League selection and CoSIDa Academic All-District honoree.
Rea is one of 44 honorees selected for the 19th annual Academic All-Star Team. He is one of six Ivy League players to earn the award along with Dartmouth’s Jack Heneghan, Harvard’s Tanner Lee, Princeton’s John Lovett, Penn’s Justin Watson and Penn’s Nick Demes. Overall, there were 126 nominees from around the nation.
Football players from all Football Championship Subdivision institutions are eligible for the award. Each of the nominees were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or key player with legitimate athletics credentials. He must have reached his second year of athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution and have completed a minimum of one full academic year at the nominated institution. He must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played at his designated position.
GIANMARCO REA, Football, Senior, Birmingham, Mich., Major: Psychology
First Team All-Ivy League selection as a middle linebacker…FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team honoree…Fall Academic All-Ivy League Team selection…CoSIDa Academic All-District honoree…Ranked No. 12 nationally in both tackles per game (10.8) and solo tackles (5.8)…Led Ivy League in total tackles (108) and ranked No. 2 in tackles for loss (1.45 per game) and No. 8 in sacks (5.0)…Led Lions in tackles, solo tackles, tackles for loss (15-46) and sacks (5.0-26)…Reached double figure tackles in nine of 10 games…Totaled a career-high 15 tackles at Harvard on Nov. 5… Was candidate for Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year award…Concluded four-year, 35-game career with 218 tackles (110 solo), 20 tackles for loss for 63 yards and 6.0 sacks.