Sam Scofield picked up both conference and national academic honors for his effort in the classroom.
Dec. 5, 2013
New Orleans - Tulane University junior football student-athlete Sam Scofield has been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I football second team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and was also named to the 2013 Conference USA Football All-Academic team for the second straight year.
A native of Lafayette, La., Scofield has been a solid performer both on the field and in the classroom for the Green Wave since he arrived to the Uptown campus in 2011. Off the field, Scofield sports a 3.74 grade point average as a finance major and was also named to the 2013 CoSIDA Capital One All-District 6 First Team.
He is now a two-time member of the C-USA All-Academic Football Team after receiving the same award a year ago as a sophomore, and is also a two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll, the Tulane 3.0 Club, and has twice received the C-USA Academic Medal.
This season, Scofield has been a constant force in the Green Wave secondary and is one reason why the Tulane defense is currently rated as the 26th-best defensive unit in the nation. Scofield has started all 12 games at strong safety and leads the team in tackles with 94, ranks third with 9.5 stops for lost yardage, has 1.5 sacks, eight pass breakups, and has forced two fumbles and also recovered two.
Scofield is tied for third in the conference and ranks 24th nationally with 5.5 solo tackles per game, and ranks sixth among C-USA players in tackles per game with 7.8.
Earlier this season, he was named the Football Writers Association of America/Bronko Nagurski National Player of the Week, the C-USA and Louisiana Defensive Player of the Week and the College Sports Madness C-USA Defensive Player of the Week following the win over Tulsa on Oct. 26 when he logged 18 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. For his efforts, he was added to the Bronko Nagurski Watch List.
Scofield is the 22nd Tulane student-athlete to receive Academic All-America honors and just the fifth football player. He is the first Green Wave student-athlete to garner Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA since the baseball duo of Jeremy Schaffer (2nd team) Brandon Boudreaux (3rd team) each earned the honor in 2012. Scofield is the first football player to collect the prestigious award since former running back Andre Anderson was tabbed to the first team in 2009.
Scofield will lead the Green Wave into action against his hometown school, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, in the 2013 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. CST in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN.
Tickets for the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl are $40 and $60 each and will be located on the west side of the Superdome behind the Tulane bench. The first 1,000 fans to purchase their tickets will receive a commemorative bowl T-shirt and a ticket to the men's basketball game on Dec. 21 and Dec. 22.
Please contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office, which is located on the first floor of the Wilson Center on Ben Weiner Drive, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
About the Capital One Academic All-America® Program
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 nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
2013 C-USA Football All-Academic Team (*repeat selection)
NAME - SCHOOL - YEAR - GPA - MAJOR
*Adhem Elsawi - East Carolina - Senior - 3.60 - Psychology
Warren Harvey - East Carolina - Junior - 3.78 - Construction Management
Logan Kilgore - Middle Tennessee - Graduate - 3.78 - MBA
Ryan Boutwell - North Texas - Graduate - 3.71 - Kinesiology
Zach Orr - North Texas - Senior - 3.41 - Kinesiology
*Tanner Leland - Rice - Senior - 3.53 - Mathematical and Economic Analysis
Paul Porras - Rice - Senior - 3.39 - Sports Mgmt. & Religious Studies
*Corey Acosta - Southern Miss - Junior - 3.79 - Biological Studies
*Sam Scofield - Tulane - Junior - 3.74 - Finance
Nate Leonard - UTSA - Junior - 3.99 - Physical Education
Eric Soza - UTSA - Graduate - 4.00 - Education Leadership & Policy Studies