FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Senior wide receiver Andrew O'Neill of the Sacred Heart football team was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 1 Football Team on Thursday by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America.
This is O'Neill's second time being named to the All-District Team. A Health Sciences major, O'Neill has a 3.86 cumulative grade point average. He has been named to the NEC Commissioner's Honor Roll three times. O'Neill is the seventh Pioneer to earn Academic All-District honors, and the first since Sean Bell in 2014 who was also an Academic All-American.
The senior wide receiver enters this final week of the 2017 season fourth in the Northeast Conference with 5.4 receptions per game and fifth with 62 receiving yards per game. O'Neill had a career-high 11 receptions, 142 receiving yards, and two touchdowns at Bryant on Nov. 4. He has had a reception in 22 consecutive games.
O'Neill is one of seven Northeast Conference student-athletes to earn All-District honors Thursday. District 1 is comprised of institutions in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. 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 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
SHU hosts Wagner on Saturday for the final home football game of the 2017 season at Noon. At 11:30 a.m., the Pioneers will honor the seniors on this season's squad with a special Senior Day ceremony.