COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Gamecock sophomore wide receiver Damiere Byrd claimed a spot on the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 4 Football Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the organization released today.
Byrd ranks second on the Gamecocks in receiving yardage on the year and has two touchdown receptions, one of those a 94-yard catch on Sept. 15 against UAB, South Carolina's longest play from scrimmage this year. The sophomore sport and entertainment management major also has posted seven tackles as part of the special teams unit.
Byrd becomes the third Gamecock in as many years to earn such distinction. Dalton Wilson garnered a first-team spot in 2011, while Damario Jeffery made the 2010 team.
Eight schools in the fourth district, which is made up of all Division I teams in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, had two nominees make the team, including SEC squads Auburn and Georgia. Six had one member each.
Byrd advances onto the national ballot, made up of the eight district teams. The Capital One Academic All-America Division I Football Teams will be released on Thurs., Dec. 6.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America program honors student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a sophomore academically and athletically and a starter or significant contributor to the team. All-District honorees from the eight geographical districts will be placed on the national ballot. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder of the awards since 2011.
Capital One Academic All-District 4 Team NCAA Division I – as selected by CoSIDA
QB – Aaron Murray, Georgia
WR – Jaron Brown, Clemson
WR – Damiere Byrd, South Carolina
TE – Evan Landi, USF
OL – Trey Clark, South Alabama
OL – Michael Davis, Georgia State
OL – Dalton Freeman, Clemson
OL – Ty Frix, Georgia
OL – Barrett Jones, Alabama
K – Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
P – Steven Clark, Auburn
DB - Lyle Dankenbring, UCF
DB – Brandon McCladdie, The Citadel
DB – Michael Prendergast, Samford
DB – James Zotto, Wofford
LB – Mark Hogan, Georgia State
LB – Carson Smith, The Citadel
LB – Ashton Richardson, Auburn
DL – Kyle Lucas, Troy
DL – Zach Murray, Wofford
DL – Alex Page, South Alabama
DL – Jeremy Towns, Samford