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  • Cook, Cowser Earn Academic All-America Honors
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    Published - 12/05/13 - 12:17 PM | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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    (CEDAR CITY, Utah) - Two Southern Utah University football players, kicker Colton Cook and defensive end James Cowser, have been selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

    Both players were selected to the second team.

    Cook, a graduate student in business administration from Bountiful, Utah (Viewmont HS), earned his spot after posting a 3.66 undergraduate and a 3.77 graduate GPA. This past season Cook led the Thunderbirds in scoring with 84 points and set both the career and single-season field goal records, with 53 and 20, respectively. A three-time Big Sky Player of the Week and first-team all-BSC selection, Cook kicked game-winning field goals on the final play of the game twice this season, at South Alabama in the season-opener and at Sacramento State in overtime.

    Cowser, a sophomore from Fruit Heights, Utah (Davis HS), earned his spot after posting a 3.99 GPA in psychology. Cowser, a second-team all-Big Sky selection, led the Thunderbirds and was second in the conference in tackles for loss and sacks this season, with 19.0 and 11.5, respectively. He also led the team with eight quarterback hurries, broke up four passes, forced three fumbles, recovered two fumbles, blocked two kicks, had an interception and finished the season fourth on the team with 78 total tackles. His 11.5 sacks this year rank seventh in the SUU single-season record book and his two-year total of 19 career sacks ranks third.

    In addition to Cook and Cowser the Big Sky was represented by Montana State wide receiver Tanner Bleskin and Northern Arizona linebacker Austin Hasquet, who were both selected to the first team.

    The Capital One Academic All-America team is selected by voting among the CoSIDA members who serve district coordinators for the award. To be eligible for the award student-athletes must carry a grade point average of 3.3 (4.0 scale), be a starter or significant reserve and be in at least his second season of competition with the team, and to be placed on the All-America ballot student-athletes must be selected to their respective academic all-district squad.

    Oklahoma senior offensive lineman Gabe Ikard was named the Academic All-America of
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