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Drake's Michael Lahart Earns Capital One Academic All-America Honors

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Release: December 09, 2011
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Friday, Dec. 9, 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa--Drake fifth-year senior cornerback Michael Lahart has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I football second team for 2011 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Lahart is the eighth player in Drake football history to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team, and the first since 2005 when Chris Daniels won first-team honors.

"It is a great honor to be recognized for hard work on the field and in the classroom," Lahart said. "It's humbling to be in such rare company, considering all of the incredible accomplishments of the student-athletes at Drake who came before me. To be honored as an Academic All-American is the highest achievement you can receive as a student-athlete."

Lahart carries a 3.89 grade-point average in the pharmacy program, and tied for the most interceptions in the Pioneer Football League with five, despite missing the season's first three games because of injury. He has been named to Drake's President's List (4.0 GPA) four semesters and the Dean's List (GPA greater than 3.5) three semesters, and has been a first-team Academic All-PFL honoree each of the past two seasons. Lahart was named to the second-team in 2008.

The Chariton, Iowa native was selected for his outstanding performance in the classroom and his elite play on the field. Lahart played a key role in helping Drake claim the Pioneer Football League co-championship with a 9-2 record, 7-1 in the conference.

"It's personally gratifying to be recognized, but more than that it's a reflection of the incredible number of true student-athletes we have on our football team and across all of our sports. It's something that is a source of pride for all of us, to represent the University and all Bulldogs with honor."

In football Drake has had three first-team Academic All-Americans (Todd Gaffney, 1974; Tom Holt, 1983) and four other second-team honorees who claimed a total of six awards (Dave Doeren, 1993; Nate Schneider, 1996; Tait Johnson, 1998 & '99; Eric Brezina, 1998 & '99).

Full list of 2011 Division I Football Academic All-America Team

About the Capital One Academic All-America® program

To be eligible for Capital One Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.

For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit
http://cosida.com/Awards/allamerica.aspx.

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