JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced its 2017 Academic All-District Football Team Thursday, and Jacksonville University saw a pair of student-athletes recognized in senior running back Jamal Adjamah and sophomore linebacker Trevor Tufano.
The duo joined 21 other Division I student-athletes on the District 4 Team, and were voted in by sports information directors in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. With the all-district selection, Adjamah and Tufano advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot. First- and second-team honorees will be announced in December.
Adjamah was voted team captain at the start of the 2017 season, and in seven games played, he recorded 399 rushing yards on 65 carries. The Miami, Fla., native was off to his best season yet before a concussion concluded his collegiate campaign. He was credited with five touchdowns on the year – four rushing and one receiving – highlighted by a stellar two-score performance in the Dolphins' 56-21 victory over Guilford.
In the classroom, Adjamah is expected to graduate in the fall with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. He manages a 3.3 grade point average.
Both Adjamah and Tufano were named to the Pioneer Football League Academic Honor Roll a year ago, and for Tufano, it marked the first of many accolades in his young career.
A few weeks ago, he was voted the STATS FCS and PFL Defensive Player of the Week, after he secured Jacksonville's 20-17 victory over Valparaiso with an interception on the team's final drive. He also added two forced fumbles, a sack and 10 tackles in the matchup.
This season, Tufano ranks third on the team in tackles with 40 solo and 21 assisted. The New Smyrna Beach, Fla., native is undecided in his course of study, but boasts a 3.74 GPA.
Candidates on the all-district team must be at least a sophomore in athletic and academic standing, a starter or key reserve on his team and carry at least a 3.3 GPA.