Central puts three on academic football squad – Central College Athletics

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Offensive guard Joshua Mayhew was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.

Football June 10, 2021

Mayhew, Smith, Hawkins named to CoSIDA all-district team

PELLA—Three Central College football players were named to the Academic All-District® as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Offensive guard Joshua Mayhew (senior, Aurora, Ill., West Aurora HS), quarterback Blaine Hawkins (senior, Ankeny) and linebacker Drew Smith (senior, Joliet, Ill., West HS) were named to the District 8 squad. They are now under consideration for Academic All-America® honors. Student-athletes are cited for a combination of academic and athletics achievement. To be eligible for selection, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve and carry a 3.30 or better cumulative grade point average.
Mayhew carried a 3.38 GPA with a social science major. A two-time letterwinner, Mayhew was a third-team D3football.com All-West Region honoree in 2019 and a second-team American Rivers all-conference pick. He received the Bruce Wendt Award as Central’s top offensive lineman in 2018 and 2019.
Hawkins graduated with a 3.55 GPA majoring in economics and business management. A three-time letterwinner, he holds nearly all of Central’s game, season and career passing records. For his career he’s completed 558 of 847 passes with 24 interceptions and 85 touchdowns for 7,336 yards. He was named the American Rivers offensive player of the year in 2019 and is a two-time all-league selection as well as a third-team D3football.com All-West Region choice. Hawkins was tabbed the league’s offensive player of the week six times and is a two-time Heerema-Schilder Award recipient as Central’s team MVP. He served as team co-captain in 2019.
Smith had a 3.71 GPA while majoring in political science and sociology. He is a three-time letterwinner and two-time academic all-conference honoree. He posted 96 tackles in two seasons, including 3.5 for loss with two pass breakups.
Central, which won a share of the 2019 American Rivers title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs, posted a 2-0 record during the abbreviated spring season.

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