Big Sky trio tabbed Co-SIDA Academic All-Americans


AUSTIN, Texas (December 14, 2017) – A trio of Big Sky Conference football student-athletes were named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division I Football Team Thursday afternoon, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Montana State’s senior wide receiver Mitchell Herbert, Portland State’s senior offensive lineman Justin Outslay and UC Davis’ sophomore wide receiver Marcus Cummins were named to the 25-member CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team.

A total of 33 of the 50 members on the Academic All-America team sported at least a 3.90 grade-point average with 14 student-athletes maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Stephen F. Austin State’s senior defensive back Marlon Walls was tabbed CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year.

Montana State wide receiver Mitch Herbert with family

Herbert was an All-Big Sky Conference Honorable Mention selection in his final campaign for the Bobcats. The Eugene, Oregon, native totaled 430 receiving yards on 35 catches with five touchdowns in 11 appearances for Montana State in 2017. Herbert registered a season-best 111 receiving yards on nine receptions in a narrow 31-27 loss at then-No. 4 South Dakota State back on Sept. 9. Herbert carries a 3.84 GPA majoring in Cell Biology & Neuroscience.

A starting right tackle for the Vikings this season, Outslay played in all 11 games for Portland State. A native of Salem, Oregon, Outslay carries a 3.91 GPA in Business Finance.

Cummins was one of just six sophomores to be tabbed Academic All-America maintaining a 3.91 GPA in Psychology. The Clovis, Calif., product appeared in seven games for the Aggies, totaling 131 receiving yards on 13 catches.

Press release from Denise Thompson, Big Sky Conference communications. Photos by Brooks Nuanez. 

About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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