AUSTIN, Texas – Following the 2016 football season, Alex Potocko became the first Salisbury University football player to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, earning first-team honors. On Wednesday, he became the first student-athlete in Salisbury history – across any varsity program – to be named a First-Team Academic All-American twice when the College Sports Information Directors of America announced its football honorees.
Potocko's selection for 2017 makes the 36th Academic All-American accolade for Salisbury student-athletes and is the 11th first-team recognition.
Potocko was named last month to the Academic All-District Team based on his performances on the field and in the classroom, where he carries a 4.0 grade-point average as a physics and mathematics major.
On the field, Potocko was Salisbury's primary place kicker this season, where he finished with 45 points this season, connecting on 39 extra points and a pair of field goals. On kickoffs, Potocko sent 23 of his 55 kicks into the end zone for touchbacks, averaging nearly 61 yards per kickoff.
Potocko is one of three repeat football Academic All-Americans this year, and the only current player to be named first team in each of the past two years.
To see the full Academic All-American team, click here.