December 3, 2013

Allegheny's Burkley Named Academic All-America

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Allegheny senior linebacker Brad Burkley has been named a 2013 Division III Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American, becoming just the fifth player in program history to earn the honor.

A Second Team selection, Burkley (Latrobe, Pa./Greater Latrobe) earned the award as per a vote of select college sports information directors from across the country.  To be eligible, a student-athlete must reach sophomore status academically, be a main contributor athletically, and maintain a 3.30 cumulative grade point average.

On the field, Burkley, a co-captain, bounced back from a preseason injury to become a mainstay on the Gator defense.  An honorable mention All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection, he finished the season with 43 tackles, including a team-high 8.0 tackles for loss.  He posted at least five tackles in six different games, highlighted by a nine-tackle/2.0 TFL/0.5 sack performance against Wooster in week six.  He also tallied a pair of pass break-ups on the year, while picking off his first career interception in week two at Carnegie Mellon. 

A three-year starter at linebacker, Burkley ended the season as the Gators' active career leader with 143 tackles, including 23 tackles for loss and seven quarterback sacks.  He wrapped up his career by making at least two tackles in 31 straight contests dating back to his freshman campaign of 2010.

In the classroom, Burkley carries a 3.94 cumulative GPA, majoring in mathematics and minoring in economics.  A three-time Allegheny Alden Scholar (3.2 or higher yearly GPA), he has also been a three-time Allegheny Doane Scholar, which is awarded annually to just 30 students recognized as the top scholars in the sophomore, junior, and senior classes. 

This past summer, Burkley passed an actuarial exam, and, after completing an internship with Cornerstone Research in Boston, Mass., he plans to enter the field of actuary science after graduating.

Burkley is the third player under head coach Mark Matlak to be honored with Academic All-American laurels, joining 2011 selection Rob Carlisle and 2003 honoree Aaron Polack.  Other previous Allegheny recipients include Michael Sidor (1982) and Kevin Baird (1981).

Burkley was placed on the Academic All-America ballot after being voted First Team Academic All-District selection in District IV, which encompasses all Division III schools in Pennsylvania.  All-District selections then moved on to the All-America ballot, which was voted upon by a committee of select Division III sports information directors from across the country.  He is the 35th student-athlete in Allegheny College history to be named CoSIDA Academic All-America, and the second of the 2013 calendar year, following recent grad and baseball standout Mike Kastelic.  

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