Three members of the Case Western Reserve University football team – junior offensive lineman Dee Gose (Lewisburg, Pa. / Lewisburg Area), junior linebacker Travis Johnston (Zanesville, Ohio/ Bishop Rosencrans) and senior defensive lineman Andrew Lease (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Seton-LaSalle Catholic) – were named to the 2019 Academic All-America Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), for their academic and athletic achievements during the season.
Both Gose and Johnston were named to the First Team, while Lease was selected to the Second Team. Gose was one of 18 repeat winners of the award, after he was named to the Second Team last year, while both Johnston and Lease secured the honor for the first time over their respective careers.
The Spartans' three honorees marked the most by any Division III program this year, along with Wisconsin-Whitewater. CWRU, Wisconsin-Whitewater and Carnegie Mellon were the only Division III programs with multiple first team honorees. Of the 51 total honorees between the first and second teams, 16 have maintained perfect 4.0 GPAs, including both Gose and Johnston.
This marked the first-time ever that three or more Spartans have earned Academic All-America honors in the same year in program history. CWRU football players have now accumulated 33 Academic All-America honors all-time, including 20 first-team selections. The program has now garnered at least one Academic All-America award in each of the last five years.
Including five honorees this fall (Gose, Johnston, Lease, Karley King of the volleyball team and Anika Washburn of the women's soccer team) Case Western Reserve University athletes across all sports have now accumulated 115 total Academic All-America awards. CWRU began the year ranked 14th among Division III Institutions and 44th among all collegiate athletic programs in all-time Academic All-Americans.
Gose is the first Spartan to repeat as an Academic All-American since Richard Doolin (2010 and 2011) and the fifth CWRU football player all-time to earn multiple Academic All-America honors, joining Doolin, Jim Donnelly (1982, 1983 and 1984), Chris Hutter (1987 and 1988) and Lee Sasala (2008 and 2009). Gose made the move from guard to right tackle this year, starting all 11 games at the position for CWRU. He was named to the All-PAC First Team in 2019 after anchoring an offensive line that yielded just 1.27 sacks per game, the second-fewest in the league and the 43rd-best mark among all Division III teams.
Gose, who has maintained a perfect cumulative GPA as an Accounting and Finance major, has received UAA Fall All-Academic Honors and been named to the PAC Academic Honor Roll twice each. He was selected as a UAA Presidents Council Scholar-Athlete Team honoree last year, and was recently inducted into CWRU's Van Horn Society.
Johnston earned a spot on the All-PAC First Team last season for his play at linebacker, where he finished second among all CWRU players with 70 total tackles (34 solo), including one sack and 2.5 tackles for a loss. He also added an interception, four pass breakups, three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and two blocked kicks (28th in DIII) during the campaign. His impact extended far beyond the defense, as he also finished 28th among Division III players with 25.6 yards per kick return (including an 87-yard kick returned for a touchdown), averaged 36.2 yards per punt and pinned his opponent inside their own 20-yard line on six of his 11 punts, and ran for three touchdowns during the year. Johnston earned PAC and UAA Player of the Week honors twice each in 2019.
Academically, Johnston has notched his flawless cumulative GPA as a Business Management major. He is a two-time UAA Fall All-Academic and PAC Academic Honor Roll honoree, and has been named to the UAA Presidents Council Scholar-Athlete Team, while also earning induction into the CWRU Van Horn Society.
Lease was an All-PAC Second Team selection in 2019, marking the first all-PAC honor of his career. He started all 10 games he played in during the campaign, notching career-best totals with 34 total tackles (13 solo), 7.5 tackles for a loss and 5.0 sacks. He added a blocked kick during the season, and one of his sacks resulted in a safety. Lease earned a spot on the D3football.com Team of the Week on October 1st.
Lease is an Accounting and Finance major with a cumulative 3.87 GPA. He is a three-time UAA Fall All-Academic honoree, and has been named to the PAC Academic Honor Roll on three occasions. Lease was recently inducted into the Van Horn Society for the second time over his time as a Spartan.
Case Western Reserve finished the season with a 9-2 overall record, winning the PAC Title for the second time in the last three years and claiming the first outright league title in program history. CWRU made the fifth NCAA Postseason appearance in program history in 2019.