Football Senior Richard Doolin Named First-Team Capital One Academic All-District VII
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Case Western Reserve University senior defensive end Richard Doolin (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) has been named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District VII Football Team announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A 2010 first-team Academic All-American, Doolin earns first-team Academic All-District honors for the second-consecutive season and advances to the Academic All-America ballot.
An accounting major with a 3.97 grade point average, Doolin is a three-year starter for a Spartan team that has gone 36-5 overall during his career heading into Saturday's 26th Annual "Academic Bowl" with Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.).
This season, Doolin has amassed 41 tackles, including eight for loss, with 2.5 sacks. He has recorded seven quarterback hurries and forced a fumble on a defensive unit that ranks ninth in the nation in rush defense (79.7 ypg) and 10th in scoring defense (11.7 ppg). The Spartans are the No. 1 team in the nation in defensive red zone efficiency, holding opponents to a .45 scoring rate with just 10 scores (seven touchdowns) in 22 trips inside the 20.
A three-time All-UAA selection and three-time Academic All-UAA performer, Doolin heads into Saturday's game having racked up 143 tackles with 31.5 for loss with 18 sacks.
The Spartans (8-1, 2-0 UAA) have won seven in a row and can clinch a fourth UAA Title in five seasons outright with a win at Carnegie Mellon. A victory would also give Case a shot at an at-large berth to the NCAA Playoffs.
The Capital One Academic All-District Teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. In order to be eligible for selection, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve and maintain at least a 3.30 grade point average.
Sports information professionals within a district vote for the Academic All-District teams with members of the CoSIDA Academic All-American committee voting on the national ballot. District VII includes every NCAA Division III institution in Ohio, Illinois and Indiana.
The release of the Capital One Academic All-America team is scheduled for December 6.
Since the program's inception, a total of 71 Case Western Reserve student-athletes have been named Academic All-American. During the past two years, 12 Spartans have received Academic All-America accolades.