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Four Spartans Named Academic All-District

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Posted Nov 8, 2012

Tyson Carter, Wyatt Hanus, Miles Hookstead, and Stephen Vassalotti: 1st Team Academic All-Region

DUBUQUE, IOWA – For the second consecutive year the University of Dubuque Football team had four student-athletes named to the Capital One Academic All-Region 8 Football Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. To be selected the student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher and be a sophomore or above. Seniors Wyatt Hanus (Traer, Iowa/North Tama), Miles Hookstead (Whitewater, Wis./Whitewater), and Stephen Vassalotti (Cross Plains, Wis./Middleton) along with junior Tyson Carter (Port Elgin, Ontario/Saugeen) were each named to the First Team for UD. The four Spartans now advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first, second, and third team honorees will be selected later this month.

Hookstead, a 2011 First Team Capital One Academic All-America honoree, is a Health, Wellness, and Recreation major with a 3.76 grade point average. Hookstead currently has 40 catches for 535 yards and 5 touchdowns. Hookstead was also First Capital One Academic All-District in 2011 as well as four time Academic All-Iowa Conference (2-Football and 2-Basketball). He currently ranks fourth all-time at UD in receiving touchdowns (18), eighth in reception (128), and ninth in receiving yards (1424). A four year starter at tight end, Hookstead was named Honorable Mention All-American by Beyond Sports Network in 2011 and Second Team Preseason All-American by Beyond Sports Network in 2012.

Hanus, a Second Team Capital One Academic All-America in 2011, is a business/business marketing double major with a 3.85 grade point average. Hanus has thrown for over 2,912 yards this season with 26 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He has completed 235 of 351 pass attempts good for a 67% completion percentage and passer efficiency rate of 158.2. Hanus was also First Capital One Academic All-District in 2011 as well as three time Academic All-Iowa Conference (2-Football and 1-Basketball). He is currently the UD record holder for career passing yards (8,141), pass completions (647), and passing touchdowns (81). A three year starter at quarterback, Hanus was named First Team All-American by Beyond Sports Network in 2011 and 1st Team Preseason All-American by Beyond Sports Network, D3 Senior Classic, and USA Football News before the 2012 season.

Vassalotti, a first time honoree on the national level, is a Health, Wellness, and Recreation major with a 3.60 grade point average. Through nine games this season he has 25 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and recovered a fumble for a 35 yard touchdown. Vassalotti was named Academic All-Iowa Conference in 2011. He is currently second all-time at UD with 15.5 career sacks.

Carter, a first time honoree on the national level, is a Biology/Pre-Professional Health Science major with a 3.97 grade point average. Playing primarily on special teams as the long snapper, he is responsible for all snaps on field goals, punts, and extra points. Spartan kickers are 34-37 on extra points and 6-8 on field goals in 2012. Carter was named Academic All-Iowa Conference in 2011.

The Spartans led the Iowa Conference with four of the nine selections for the conference.

The Academic AllDistrict ® teams include the student-athletes listed on the following pages and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. This is the second year of the expanded Academic AllAmerica® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non Division I) and has doubled 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 team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

Complete Teams (page 17 for District 8)