ST. LOUIS – The Jacksonville University football team maintains two creeds – Every Man A Dolphin (EMAD) and Winning All Day Long (WADL). They stretch beyond the field of play, and after the recent announcement of the Pioneer Football League All-Academic Teams, it's evident that many of JU's student-athletes have applied the commitment of success to the classroom.
Jamal Adjamah and Trevor Tufano were recently named CoSIDA Academic All-District, and picked up first team honors on the PFL's list. Nic Duch, Griffin Garland and Michael Perera were tabbed academic second team.
"We couldn't be more proud of these five for their outstanding achievements on and off the playing field," said Head Coach Ian Shields. "They are tremendous representatives of our football program and are young men committed to winning all day long."
Adjamah was voted team captain at the start of the season, and saw his collegiate campaign end earlier than expected on a concussion. The senior running back was 20 rushing yards shy of a thousand in his career. This season, he recorded four rushing touchdowns and another through the air.
Adjamah will graduate next spring with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and currently maintains a 3.3 grade point average.
Tufano's sophomore accolades include: All-PFL Second Team honors, PFL and FCS STATS Defensive Player of the Week, and CoSIDA Academic All-District.
The latter award saw him and Adjamah named alongside 21 other student-athletes in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Both Dolphins advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot which will be announced in December.
With 63 total tackles, 41 solo, Tufano ranked third on the team. He was also credited with a pair of sacks, forced fumbles and pass breakups, and one interception. He currently possesses a 3.74 GPA and is undecided in his course of studies.
A 2016 PFL Academic Honor Roll selection, Duch is a redshirt-junior, who holds a 3.86 GPA. The finance major serves on the team's leadership council, and saw action this season as a tight end, wide receiver, and as the Dolphin's regular holder.
Duch was second on the team with 260 receiving yards this season, and caught three touchdown passes. He also completed two passes on the year, for a total of 43 yards.
Garland was a mainstay on JU's secondary this season, starting every game at the safety position. A member of last year's PFL Academic Honor Roll, the senior will graduate with a degree in business, and holds a 3.55 GPA.
His final season in green and white captured 62 tackles, three interceptions, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and pass breakup. One of his most memorable senior highlights includes a goal line stop against Stetson, as the clock expired, in JU's 13-10, Senior Day victory.
As a long snapper, he went a perfect 80-for-80 on target snaps.
A redshirt-sophomore, Perera also placed on the 2016 PFL Academic Honor Roll, and holds a GPA of 3.87. The finance major saw the most action on special teams this season, accumulating 10 total tackles.
The announcement brings the total number of Dolphin postseason honors to 18, following the unveiling of the All-PFL Teams on Tuesday.