Dec 13, 2017

Caleb Dalzell Named 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III Football Team

A Winning Tradition

  • One post-season appearance (1960 Crusader Bowl)
  • One AFCA Division III Coaches' All-American (Nolan Schuler, 2017)
  • One CoSIDA Academic All-American (Caleb Dalzell, 2017)
  • Two CoSIDA Academic All-District (Caleb Dalzell, 2017; Grant Schroeder, 2017)
  • Three All-Americans
  • Four All-Region Honorees
  • 37 All-NWC Athletes 
  • Five Team of the Week
  • Nine NWC Student-Athlete of the Week Awards 
  • One Cliff Harris Award Finalist (Charles Riga, 2017)
  • Two NSCA All-American (Justin Kruse, 2015; Dane Jensen, 2017)
  • Two NFL Draft Picks 

AUSTIN, Texas --- George Fox University's Caleb Dalzell has been selected on the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III Football Team announced Wednesday, marking the first Bruin football player to garner the honor.

Dalzell becomes the first recipient to earn the prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-America® award since 2012 when Joseph Pia was named for his efforts in track and field.

Dalzell and teammate Grant Schroeder were both named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Football Team, which put them both in the running for the CoSIDA Academic All- America® honor.

Dalzell, a junior defensive end from Gresham, Oregon, is maintaining a 3.90 GPA as a biology major. He and 25 other honorees of the 42 members on the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III Football Team have at least a 3.90 GPA. He is no stranger to CoSIDA, as he was named Academic All-District in track and field in the 2017 season.

He finished the season as a first-team All-NWC selection and a 2017 All-West Region first-team member. He capped off his junior season as one of the best defensive linemen in the country. He led the Northwest Conference in tackles for a loss (17) and was second in the NWC in sacks (9.5). His best game came against No. 7 Linfield when he recorded an NCAA Division III-best 7.5 tackles for a loss in a single game. He was also named as a Team of the Week honor and an NWC Football Student-Athlete of the Week honor throughout the season.

With Dalzell's award, he becomes the 161st Academic All-American at George Fox.