Franklin, Ind. - Standouts on the football field and in the classroom, seniors Michael Parks (Shelbyville, Ind./Shelbyville) and Kyle Linville (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) have become the first Franklin College football players to be named NCAA Division III Capital One Academic All-Americans by College Sports Information Directors of America.
Parks was a first-team selection at punter and becomes Franklin's inaugural first-team Capital One Academic All-American, while Linville was a second-team choice as a wide receiver.
They join two former Franklin student athletes in receiving the nation's highest academic achievement for Division III athletes. Men's basketball player Dave Dunkel earned second-team accolades in 1994, while cross country and track and field athlete Heather Waterman was a second-team choice in 2011.
Parks concluded his collegiate career with a 40.8-yard career average, the best among Division III punters playing this season. The Preseason All-American had a career-best 71-yard punt in the team's playoff victory against Washington University-St. Louis on November 23. That punt was one of seven kicks of 50 or more yards this fall, and 14 of his 39 punts were placed inside the 20 yard line (36 percent).
In the classroom, Parks maintains a 3.62 cumulative grade point average in chemistry, is a consistent Dean's List student and was named to the President's List following the 2012 and 2013 spring semesters. He is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society and Chi Beta Phi Science Honor Society.
Linville rewrote Franklin's receiving record book, leaving with every single season and career receiving record. He helped lead one of the most potent offensive attacks in Division III this fall, ranking in the top 10 nationally in receiving touchdowns (13), receiving yards per game (114.5) and receptions per contest (9.0). He caught a single-season school record 108 passes and had five games with 11 or more catches. Linville's 53 career touchdowns and 4,691 receiving yards were the most by active wide receiver at any NCAA level (Division I-FBS, I-FCS, II and III).
Off the field, Linville has a 3.53 cumulative grade point average in quantitative analysis and a minor in economics. He is one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Gagliardi Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding Division III football player for athletics, academic and community service achievement.
Parks and Linville helped the Grizzlies win four consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships and make three straight second-round playoff appearances. They were part of a senior class that posted a 36-11 record. The team had an 8-4 record this season, including a 7-1 conference record.