Towson, Md. - Saint Xavier University football standouts Mike Bushnell (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) and Shane Zackery (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) were named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Football first team Monday as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Sophomore defensive lineman Greg Hayward (Oak Lawn, Ill./Oak Lawn Community) was also named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Football second team. The College Division Academic All-America® football team is comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. Only 25 players (11 offensive, 11 defensive and three special team) nationwide earned first team recognition with 23 players (11 offensive, 11 defensive and one special team) receiving second team honors.
Bushnell, a senior pre-medicine major with a 3.57 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) was fourth on the team in total tackles with 80 (23 solos) and fifth on the team in tackles for losses with 8.5. Bushnell also had one interception and one fumble recovery on the season. Zackery, a senior business administration major with a 3.70 GPA is making his second appearance on the All-America first team after receiving it last season. Zackery led the team in receptions with 80 catches for 1,122 yards and 13 touchdowns. Hayward, a sophomore criminal justice major with a 3.71 GPA, recorded 72 tackles (27 solos) which was good for sixth on the team. Hayward also led the team in sacks with seven and was second on the team in tackles for losses with 11.5.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA 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 16,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.