Worcester, MA --- For the second year in a row, WPI's Aaron Champagne has been named an ESPN/Co-SIDA Academic All-America for football by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The senior running back took home second team national honors in the College Division, which is comprised of NCAA Division II and III, NAIA and junior college programs, for the second consecutive season.
It marks the 36th time a WPI student-athlete has earned Academic All-America status and Champagne becomes just the eighth multiple winner.
Champagne, a civil engineering major, is the one of only two WPI senior student-athletes to boast a perfect 4.00 GPA. He is a three-time member of the Liberty League All-Academic team and six-time member of the Dean's List. A Charles O. Thompson Scholar and Presidential Scholar, Champagne is also member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The senior's IQP Project studied residential energy in Puerto Rico while his MQP Project focused on steel design. Champagne completed his sufficiency in American history.
A three-year starter at running back, Champagne is second on the team in rushing among RBs while taking on an expanded blocking role in this season. Arguably his finest game of the 2010 season was in late September when he ran for 64 yards, including a touchdown, to help the Engineers defeat RPI 24-10 and claim the coveted Transit Trophy for the first time since 1996. Champagne also found in end zone on a 12-yard scoring scamper in WPI's season-ending contest versus Liberty League champion St. Lawrence.
Champagne, a native of Fairfield, ME, is the son of Steve and Cheryl. The Engineers concluded the 2010 season with a 3-7 record under first-year head coach Chris Robertson.