NEW YORK—Three Columbia football student-athletes—senior running back Chris Schroer, junior safety Ryan Gilbert and sophomore offensive lineman Parker Coogan—were named to the College Sports Information Directors Association Academic All-District One Team, the organization announced. Schroer earned the honor for the second consecutive year.
Schroer, Gilbert and Coogan were three of the 10 Columbia football players who were nominated for the honor. Others who were nominated for the honor include senior quarterback Anders Hill, junior wide receiver Kyle Castner, senior defensive lineman Connor Heeb, sophomore linebacker Michael Murphy, sophomore defensive lineman Arman Samouk, senior punter Parker Thome and junior linebacker Sean White.
The trio is part of a 27-member All-District 1 Team comprising honorees from Northeast states. Schroer, Gilbert and Coogan are now eligible to earn CoSIDa Academic All-America team honors. First, Second and Third Team Academic All-America awards are announced later this month. Nomination criteria calls for a student-athletes to be either a starter or key reserve with at least a 3.30 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Nominated athletes must also have participated in 50 percent of their team's games and be of sophomore status academically. The nominees are voted upon by members of the College Sports Information Directors Association and are selected by position.
A senior running back from Cincinnati, Ohio, Schroer earns the honor for a second straight season. Schroer ranked No. 7 in the Ivy League and led the Lions in rushing with 638 yards on 137 carries and a touchdown. He also caught 18 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown and ranked second on the squad in total offense (638 yards). Over the season's last three games, Schroer rushed for 398 yards on 74 carries (5.3 yards per carry average) and totaled back-to-back 100-yard rushing games (183 at Cornell and 125 vs. Harvard). A Sociology major with a 3.94 grade point average, Schroer has rushed for 920 career yards on 217 carries and two touchdowns and caught 33 passes for 295 yards in his 32-game career.
Gilbert ranked No. 3 in the Ivy League and led the Lions with 95 tackles (53 solo) from his safety position. While averaging 9.5 tackles per game, he also totaled four pass breakups, 1.0 tackle for loss, one interception and one forced fumble. He led the Lions in tackles in six games on the season, including four consecutive contests and totaled four double digit tackle contests. A Political Science major with a 3.57 grade point average from Bellevue, Wash., Gilbert has registered 107 tackles (60 solo), forced three fumbles, recovered a fumble and totaled four pass breakups in 20 career games and 10 career starts.
A sophomore running back from Kingwood, Texas, Coogan started all 10 games this season for Columbia at right guard. He has seen action in 12 career games. Coogan is enrolled at Columbia College and maintains a 3.57 grade point average.