November 10, 2011
Coale, Drager earns Academic All-District honors
Both advance to national ballot

BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech football players Danny Coale and Chris Drager have been named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District III Football Squad for the University Level as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The awards recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performance on the field and in the classroom.

Coale, from Lexington, Va., is one of two wide receivers on the academic squad. The senior who has already graduated and is working on a second undergraduate degree, is No. 2 on Tech’s all-time list for both receptions and receiving yards for a career. He leads the 2011 team with 42 receptions for 627 yards and two scores.

Drager, from Jefferson Hills, Pa., is the lone tight end on the academic team. Drager got his bachelor’s degree in human nutrition, foods and exercise in December of 2009, needing just three years to do so. He then started the research component of his master’s degree last spring and began master’s classes in the fall. He finished the class part of his master’s program this past summer and now just has to write his thesis, which should take all of this school year and will hopefully graduate next spring. Drager has nine catches for 123 yards this season after moving back over from defensive end.

Nominations and voting for the All-America programs are conducted by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America. There is a University Division (Division I programs) and a College Division (DII, DIII, NAIA, NJCAA programs).

Those on the all-district teams are now placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.

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