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TLU Football's Longoria, Porter advance to Academic All-America® national ballot

TLU Football's Longoria, Porter advance to Academic All-America® national ballot

SEGUIN, Texas – Texas Lutheran Football put two student-athletes – defensive end Manny Longoria and punter Justice Porter – onto the 2019 Academic All-District® Football Team for District 8.

Longoria (Geronimo/Navarro) and Porter (Cypress/Cypress Ridge) advance to the Academic All-America® Football national ballot for NCAA Division III. 

Longoria, a 2018 Academic All-American®, was named to the Academic All-District® Football Team for a third consecutive year.

Porter received the Academic All-District® honor in his first year of eligibility. Porter is a sophomore. First-year collegiate athletes are not eligible for nomination.

Porter was the only sophomore named to the Academic All-District® team in District 8 this year.

Longoria, TLU's D3-era career leader for sacks and tackles for loss, is an education major with a mathematics emphasis. He holds a 3.70 grade point average.

Porter, a two-year starter at punter, has a 3.57 GPA in business management.

Longoria has played in 34 career games and collected 24.5 sacks for 158 yards and 45.0 tackles for loss for 223 yards.

Longoria has forced four fumbles, recovered three, and scored two defensive touchdowns, including a 39-yard fumble recovery for a score this season in the road win over then-No. 6 Hardin-Simmons.

This year, Longoria has a career-best 38 total tackles to go along with six sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss.

Porter has punted in 17 career games and in all nine games this year. In 2019, Porter averaged 35.5 yards per punt, and he has a long of 59.

Porter has put eight punts inside the opponents' 20, and he has forced four fair catches. In his career, he has a 37.5 yards per punt average with 24 career punts downed inside the opponents' 20.

The 2019 Academic All-District® Football Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA), recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.

The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes football honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First and Second Team (if applicable) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early December.

The CoSIDA Academic All-District® teams include the student-athletes listed on the following pages and are divided into geographic districts across the United States and Canada.

The Division II and III CoSIDA Academic All-America® programs are partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2019-20 Divisions II and III Academic All-America® programs. The NAIA CoSIDA Academic All-America® program is partially financially supported through the NAIA national office.

For more information about CoSIDA's Academic All-District® and Academic All-America® Teams program, visit AcademicAllAmerica.com on CoSIDA.com. 

Academic All-District – First Team

NCAA DIVISION III – DISTRICT 8 (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, IA, ID, KS, LA, MT, ND, NE)

                                                                        (NM, NV, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WY, Canada)

FIRST TEAM

Pos.    Name                                School                                                         Yr.         GPA   Major

QB      Wyatt Smith                      Linfield College                                            Jr.         3.64    Applied Physics

RB      Josh Harris                       Pacific University                                        Jr.         3.80    Physics

RB      Joe Meyer                         Simpson College                                         Jr.         3.86    History

WR     Sam Bartlett                      Simpson College                                         Sr.         3.32    Management

WR     Lucas Cormier                 Louisiana College                                        Jr.         3.68    Biology

WR     Kolin Schulte                     Wartburg College                                        Sr.         3.87    Biochemistry

TE       Blake Roy                         University of Redlands                                Sr.         3.70    Business Administration

OL       Luke Grzech                     Wartburg College                                        Jr.         3.47    Engineering Science

OL       Calhoun Helmberger       University of Redlands                                Jr.         3.86    Political Science & National Security Policy

OL       Juan Martinez                   Hardin-Simmons University                      Jr.         3.83    Criminal Justice

OL       Steven Sellers                  University of Mary Hardin-Baylor              Jr.         4.00    Management

OL       Jacob Wilbanks                Chapman University                                   Sr.         3.83    Integrated Educational Studies

K         Jon Alberts                        Central College                                            Sr.         3.92    Business Management / Philosophy

ST       Logan Huinker                  Central College                                            Jr.         3.71    Computer science

DL       Trey Chumbley                Simpson College                                         Sr.         3.78    Computer Science

DL       Caleb Dalzell                    George Fox                                                  Sr.         3.69    Biology

DL      Manny Longoria            Texas Lutheran University                      Sr.         3.70    Education

DL       Andrew McCoy                Whitworth University                                  Sr.         3.72    Health Science

DL       Garrett Womack              Southwestern University                             Sr.         3.43    Business

LB       Tanner Frost                     Buena Vista University                                Jr.         3.89    Digital Media

LB       Hayden Smith                   Southwestern University                             Sr.         3.93    Physics

LB       Zach Thomas                   Louisiana College                                        Jr.         3.91    Criminal Justice

LB       Joseph Weppler               Simpson College                                         Sr.         3.92    Criminal Justice

DB      Danny Anderson               Central College                                            Sr.         3.69    Exercise Science

DB      Tyler Bergeron                 Linfield College                                            Sr.         3.63    Sport Management

DB      Will Hasken                      Wartburg College                                        Sr.         3.91    Biochemistry

DB      Zach Hillman                    Whitworth University                                  Sr.         3.89    Kinesiology

DB      Blake Johnston                 Hardin-Simmons University                      Sr.         3.72    Exercise Science

DB      Brody Pearman                Puget Sound                                                 Sr.         4.00    Math / Computer Science

P         Justice Porter                 Texas Lutheran University                      So.        3.57    Business Management