Case Western Reserve University senior wide receiver Brendan Lynch (Sarver, Pa. / Freeport Area) and senior cornerback Nick Kwon (Kaneohe, Hawaii / Mid-Pacific Institute) were each named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America Division III Football Team, based on their accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom during their collegiate careers.
Lynch was selected to the Academic All-America First Team, while Kwon earned a berth on the Second Team. It was the first Academic All-America honor for each player, after they were both named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team earlier in the year.
Lynch and Kwon are the 27th and 28th players in the history of the Case Western Reserve football team to be named Academic All-Americans, while Lynch becomes the 17th player in program history to be selected to the first team.
Lynch, an All-Presidents' Athletic Conference and All-University Athletic Association First Team selection, recorded one of the best seasons by a wide receiver in the program's history in 2016, catching 67 passes (fourth in school history) for 1,049 yards (second in school history) and 12 touchdowns (second in school history). Both his receiving yards and touchdown totals ranked 22nd among all NCAA Division III players during the season. He was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week after matching a school record with 222 receiving yards against Grove City, one of two 200+ yard receiving games he recorded during the campaign.
Lynch carries a 3.45 cumulative grade point average as a Chemical Engineering major at Case Western Reserve. He is a three-time UAA All-Academic Selection.
Kwon was named to both the All-PAC and All-UAA First Team this season as well, marking his second career All-PAC honor and his third All-UAA award. He was second on the team with 66 total tackles during the season, and led all Spartans with 48 solo tackles and eight pass breakups. Kwon added three interceptions, two blocked kicks, a forced fumble, a sack and four total tackles for a loss in 2016. He also served as a team co-captain during the year, helping to lead a defense that ranked second in the PAC with just passing yards allowed, and third in both total points and yards allowed. Kwon ended his career with 170 total tackles (37th in program history) and 10 interceptions (seventh in program history).
Kwon is a Biochemistry major with a 3.60 grade point average. He is a three-time UAA All-Academic honoree, and has been selected to the PAC Fall Academic Honor Roll over his collegiate career.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution, and be selected to an Academic all-District team.
Case Western Reserve has now totaled 95 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans since the program's inception. Including Lynch, 44 Spartan athletes have earned first team honors.
The Spartans finished the 2016 season with a 9-1 overall record, including a 7-1 mark in PAC play and a 2-1 UAA record, en route to winning the sixth UAA Championship in the program's history.