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Big Rapids, Mich. - Sophomore defensive end Justin Zimmer (Greenville) of the Ferris State University football team has picked up 2013 Captial One Academic All-District IV First Team efforts for his accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.
The 2013‐14 Capital One Academic All‐District Women's Soccer Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, were released to recognize the nation's top student‐athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA's Academic All‐America teams programs since 2011.
The Academic All‐District teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the second year of the expanded Academic All‐America program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has increased the number of scholar‐athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All‐America Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two‐year schools.
The Capital One Division II and III Academic All‐America program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2013‐14 DII and DIII Academic All‐America teams program.
First‐team Academic All‐District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All‐America Team ballot, where first‐, second‐ and third‐team All‐America honorees will be selected later this month.
Presently, Zimmer ranks as the Bulldogs fourth-leading tackler this season with 53 stops, incluidng 20 unassisted efforts. he also has a team-leading 7.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss (-41 yards) heading into the Bulldogs' regular-season finale this week. His totals this year also include four quarterback hurries, three pass deflections, two breakups, two forced fumbles, two blocked kicks and an interception.
Earlier this year, Zimmer claimed National Player of the Week honors for FSU after the Bulldogs' road win at Ashland (Sept. 21) from Beyond Sports Network, D2football.com & USA College Football along with being the GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week. He recorded 10 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown in the win over the Eagles. His played helped the Bulldog defense limit the Eagles to only seven points as FSU forced three turnovers.
This season, Zimmer ranks among the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) top 15 performers in both tackles for loss and sacks. He has helped the Bulldogs to a 7-3 overall record and a second-place 7-2 ledger in the GLIAC North Division to date.
The Bulldogs are riding a three-game winning streak and still have playoff aspirations as FSU is ranked 10th this week in the NCAA Super Region Four rankings with the top six teams at the end of the season earning NCAA Division II playoff berths.
Ferris State hosts the Northern Michigan Wildcats in the 2013 GLIAC regular-season finale on Saturday (Nov. 16) at FSU's Top Taggart Field. Kickoff for the "Senior Day" game is set for 12 p.m. (ET).
A Ferris State victory on Saturday would give the Bulldogs their eighth win of the year, which would be the school's first such showing since 2006. Overall, the Bulldogs have achieved eight wins in a single-season only once (2006) in the last 16 seasons dating back to the school's last playoff appearance in 1996. FSU has also not closed a regular-season by winning four games in a row since 2001 or won eight conference games in a single-campaign since 1996.