Saulsberry grabs Google Cloud Academic All-District honor

VIDEO: Demitri Saulsberry Interview 

AUSTIN, Texas – Carson-Newman football junior running back Demitri Saulsberry (St. Mary's, Ga.) has pulled in Google Cloud Academic All-District honors for Super Region II, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday afternoon.

Saulsberry is the seventh player in the last three years to earn Academic All-District honors.  C-N's football program is trying to produce an Academic All-American for a third straight year after tight end Kooper Davis' selection in 2016 and running back Jared Dillingham's last year.

Saulsberry majors in business management at Carson-Newman and carries a 3.31 GPA. 

"It all comes down to time management," Saulsberry said. "You have to come in and start fast as a freshman.  Luckily, I did that. You just have to maintain a schedule.  At the end of the day, it comes down to having your priorities straight."

On the field, Saulsberry was Carson-Newman's sixth leading rusher for the Eagles' vaunted split-back veer option attack.  He tallied 30 carries for 252 yards and four scores.  He managed a beefy 8.4 yards per carry for the year en route to averaging 36.0 yards rushing per game.

The junior had a career long run of 75 yards for a score in the Eagles' regular season finale against UNC Pembroke.  The Pembroke game was overall one of Saulsberry's more productive games on the ground.  He had four carries for 86 yards and the one score. 

Against Virginia-Lynchburg, Saulsberry had his first multi-touchdown day.  He also rushed seven times for 51 yards against the Dragons. 

Saulsberry advances to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot. First- and second-team (if applicable) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early December.

Saulsberry is looking to join Dillingham and Randall Freeman as C-N running backs with Academic All-America status.  Saulsberry could be the program's ninth Academic All-American overall.

Chris Horton (1993 and 1994), Keith Ackard (1999 and 2000), Curt Duncan (2012), Randall Freeman (2014), Kooper Davis (2016) and Jared Dillingham (2017) all have represented the Eagles in the past. 


NCAA DIVISION II – Super Region 2


Pos.    Name                                School                                                                  Yr.     GPA            Major

QB       Trent Chmelik                 Florida Tech                                                        Jr.      3.56             Astronomy & Astrophysics

RB       Colt Freeman                  Mississippi College                                            Sr.     3.45             Business Administration

RB       Demitri Saulsberry          Carson-Newman University                               Jr.      3.31             Business Management

WR      Drew Croegaert              Mississippi College                                            Jr.      3.79             Social Studies

WR      Brian Saunds                  Valdosta State University                                   So.    3.40             Middle Grades Education

TE       Wade Johnson              Wingate University                                             Sr.     3.85             Marketing

OL       Connor Baroniunas       Wingate University                                             Jr.      3.69             Accounting

OL       Ronnie Clifton                Lenoir-Rhyne University                                    Jr.      3.88             Finance / Management

OL       Lawrence Guyot             Mississippi College                                            Sr.     3.88             Kinesiology

OL       Cody Meree                    Limestone College                                              Gr.     3.57             MBA (G) / Information Technology (UG)

OL       Jake Sell                          Mars Hill University                                             Sr.     3.54             Physical Education

K          Kevin Weber                   Newberry College                                                Sr.     3.71             History

ST       Kelly Donnelly                Tusculum University                                           Gr.     3.68/4.00     Talent Development (G) / Environmental Sci. (UG)

DL       Chris Boykins                 Wingate University                                             Gr.     3.78             Sport Management

DL       Iseoluwapo Jegede        Valdosta State University                                   Sr.     3.48             Interdiscipline Studies

DL       Drew Sprouse                 Newberry College                                                Sr.     3.64             Business Administration / Healthcare Management

DL       Devin Woodson             Tusculum University                                           Jr.      3.48             Exercise Science

LB        Amari Andrews               Benedict College                                                 Jr.      3.41             Public Health

LB        Clayton Horn                  Lenoir-Rhyne University                                    Jr.      3.79             Accounting / Finance

LB        Jonathan Nolan             Lenoir-Rhyne University                                    Jr.      3.58             Exercise Science

DB       Jawanza Adams              Newberry College                                                Sr.     3.40             Business Administration

DB       Antonio Booe                 Wingate University                                             Jr.      3.56             Nursing

DB       Mannie Ogletree             Limestone College                                              So.    3.34             Sport Management

P              Christopher Birozes             Wingate University               Sr.           3.72         Finance

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