BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech football players Danny Coale and Chris Drager have been named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Football Second-Team 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 second-team 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 has 52 catches for 787 yards this season.
Drager, from Jefferson Hills, Pa., is the lone tight end on the second 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 14 catches - all for a first down or touchdown - for 186 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). Both players were on the all-district’s first team.
Drager and Coale are the first Tech football players to be named Academic All-Americans since 2001 when André Davis made the first team. It’s the first time since 1972 that two Hokies have been named Academic All-Americans in the same season. That year, Tommy Carpenito (1st team; LB) and Steve Magulgan (2nd team; OG) were recognized.
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