MACOMB, Ill. - For the second consecutive year, Western Illinois offensive lineman Jimmy Holtschlag (Quincy/Notre Dame) was named to the Capital One Academic All-District football team, as voted on by members of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).
A First Team selection last year as well, Holtschlag will go on the national ballot for Academic All-America honors to be announced later this month. For the fifth consecutive year a Leatherneck football student-athlete will appear on the national ballot.
To be eligible, student-athletes must carry a minimum 3.30 grade point average, appear in at least 50 percent of the team games played, be a starter or important reserve, and completed at least one academic year at the institution. District 5 includes all Division I programs within the states of: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.
Western's right tackle has made 11 consecutive starts and done so in 26 of his last 27 games played throughout his three-year career. He owns a 4.0 GPA majoring in Agricultural Science. Earlier this fall, Holtschlag was selected to speak as a representative of Leatherneck student-athletes at the 23rd annual Purple & Gold Auction.
Last year he was one of 58 football student-athletes selected as a Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star, recognizing achievement on the field and in the classroom. Holtschlag also represents the football program on the Western Illinois Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
The past three years Holtschlag received the Academic Excellence Award by the Missouri Valley Football Conference. He was a First Team Academic All-MVFC selection following last football season. In 2010 and '11 he earned the program's Dr. Frank Sorenson Award for Academic Achievement (highest team GPA).
Western closes out its home schedule on Saturday (Nov. 10), playing host to Youngstown State at 1 p.m.