Four Eagles net CoSIDA Academic All-District honors

Four Eagles net CoSIDA Academic All-District honors

AUSTIN, Texas – A quartet of Carson-Newman football players have been named CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-District, the organization announced Thursday at noon.

Running back Jared Dillingham (Central, S.C.), tight end Kooper Davis (Selmer, Tenn.), offensive lineman Dan Gallman (Naples, Fla.) and defensive end Phalen Booker (Waveland, Miss.) all picked up the plaudits. 

For Gallman, it marks a third consecutive year on the academic all-district team. 

Carson-Newman's four selections are the most in the South Atlantic Conference.  The Eagles and Florida Tech are tied for the most selections in Super Region II. 

Dillingham is an exercise science major who carries a 3.48 grade point average.  The running back has played in every game thus far for the Eagles.  The junior has 155 yards rushing with at least 30 yards gained in every game in which he has tallied a carry. 

Dillingham's top effort came at Brevard when he rushed six times for 46 yards. 

Davis, a biology/pre-med major with a 3.91 GAP, hasn't registered a catch when he's been at tight end for the Eagles, but he has provided for C-N in a role akin to a second tackle.  In fact, Davis does have a start this season at the position. 

The senior is the recipient of the John Abe Teague Award for the member of the Carson-Newman football team who best represents the values instilled by C-N.  He has helped block for an offense that ranks top 20 in the country and a rushing attack that's top 10 nationally.

Gallman makes his third appearance on the all-district team.  The finance major and All State AFCA Good Works Team member carries a 3.60 GPA. 

In addition to his on-field achievements and work in the classroom, Gallman has helped with the Jefferson City Food Bank and reads to kids at Jefferson City Elementary frequently. He has volunteered each year with Luke 14, a special needs day where he goes to Manley Baptist Church to assist with activities.

The senior has volunteered at Carson-Newman's yearly day of service, Operation INASMUCH, and the football team's annual day of service. In 2015, he spent a day as a coach for a football camp organized by Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation.  He also assisted with moving the Voice of the Eagles Adam Cavalier and his wife into their new home.  

Gallman is second on the team in knockdowns in 2016, he also ranks second in overall grade behind Austin Lewis (Ponte Vedra, Fla.).  Gallman has helped block for an Eagle offense that ranks 17th in the country in total offense and sixth in rushing. 

Finally, Booker, a physics major with a 3.53 GPA, makes his first appearance on the all-district team in his senior year.  A preseason first team All-SAC selection, Booker has 27 tackles this season for the Eagles' defense include a season-high eight against Lenoir-Rhyne.

That game, he also had three tackles for loss – a career-best mark. 

Booker registered sacks against Humboldt State and Wingate, he ranks 11th all-time in the stat category for Carson-Newman in a career. 

All four of the Eagles' academic all-district selections will be on display Saturday when C-N takes on North Greenville.  Kickoff from Tigerville is set for 1 p.m. Coverage on the Eagle Sports  Network starts at noon with the AEC  Tailgate Show on Joy 620 (WRJZ-AM, Knoxville), Mountain Country 106.3 (WPFT-FM, Sevierville) and online at 


NCAA DIVISION II (Super Region 2)

Pos.    Name                                 School                                               Yr.       Hometown                         GPA    Major

QB      Kaleb Nobles                   WEST FLORIDA                               Gr.       Fitzgerald, Ga.                    3.30    Physical education

WR      Evan Altizer                      TUSCULUM                                     Jr.        Weddington, N.C.              3.76    English

WR      Holden Beemiller            NEWBERRY (SC)                            Jr.        Chandler, Ariz.                   3.78    Business administration

TE       Kooper Davis                   CARSON-NEWMAN                       Sr.       Selmer, Tenn.                    3.91    Biology

RB       Jared Dillingham             CARSON-NEWMAN                       Jr.        Central, S.C.                       3.48    Exercise science

RB       Colt Freeman                   MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE                 So.      Olive Branch, Miss.           3.56    Business administration

OL       Dan Gallman                    CARSON-NEWMAN                       Sr.       Naples, Fla.                        3.69    Finance

OL       Lawrence Guyot              MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE                 So.      Bartlett, Tenn.                     3.91    Kinesiology (sports management)

OL       Sam Hall                           NEWBERRY (SC)                            Jr.        Conway, S.C.                     4.00    Biology

OL       Cory Sanicky                    FLORIDA TECH                               Sr.       Redondo Beach, Calif.     3.71    Information systems

OL       Jacob Slagle                    LENOIR-RHYNE                              Sr.       Sharpsburg, Ga.                3.89    Religious development

PK       Kyle Gullikson                  FLORIDA TECH                               So.      Titusville, Fla.                     3.69    Ocean engineering

DB      Manny Abad                     FLORIDA TECH                               Sr.       Fort Lauderdale, Fla.        4.00    Accounting

DB      Chris Manning                 MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE                 Jr.        Section, Ala.                       3.31    Psychology

DB      Carl Mattox                       MARS HILL                                       Sr.       Athens, Ga.                         3.76    Business

LB       Reggie Barnes                 WEST FLORIDA                               Sr.       Odessa, Fla.                       3.73    Business

LB       Zack Singleton                 WINGATE                                          Jr.        Germantown, N.C.            3.87    Community & commercial recreation

LB       Chris Stapleton                FLORIDA TECH                               Sr.       Navarre, Fla.                       3.80    Business administration

DL       Phalen Booker                 CARSON-NEWMAN                       Sr.       Waveland, Miss.                3.53    Physics

DL       Chris Boykins                   WINGATE                                          So.      Shelby, N.C.                       3.85    Sport management

DL       John Williamson              WEST FLORIDA                               So.      Spanish Fort, Ala.              3.56    Business administration management

P         Hunter Cantrell                TUSCULUM                                     Jr.        Sparta, Tenn.                      3.37    Environmental science

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