WORCESTER -- The WPI football team tallied six selections on the 2022 College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team, the organization revealed this week. The Engineer student-athletes recognized include Patrick Hagearty (Londonderry, NH), Harrison Kyriacou (Plainview, NY), Douglas Cain (Jefferson, MA), Billy Tyrrell (Oxford, MA), Evan Wertz (Franklin, MA) and Nate Russell (South Windsor, CT).
The CSC Academic All-America program replaces the former CoSIDA Academic All-America program after CoSIDA recently rebranded its organization as "College Sports Communicators."
Hagearty, an All-NEWMAC second team senior lineman, helped teammate Hunter Carey (South Hadley, MA) to 4.9 yards per carry as a pulling guard for WPI's rushing attack. The computer science and robotics major possesses a 3.86 GPA.
Kyriacou, a senior linebacker, earned NEWMAC defensive weekly honors in early November as he ranked top 10 in the conference in total tackles (71) and solo stops (47) including seven tackles for loss, a pair of sacks, a forced fumble and an interception. The computer science major computes a 3.97 GPA.
Cain, a junior tight end, was the Engineers' top option at tight as he reeled in nine catches for 86 yards and played a vital role in run and pass blocking assignments. The mechanical engineering major owns a 3.71 GPA.
Tyrrell, a sophomore offensive tackle, started in all 10 games for the Engineers and recorded 12 'pancake' blocks that helped WPI's rushing presence. The electrical and computer major boasts a 4.0 GPA.
Wertz, an All-Conference second team junior linebacker, led the NEWMAC with 56 solo tackles, including a trio of contests with double-digit takedowns. The mechanical engineering holds a 3.75 GPA.
Russell, a sophomore defensive back, posted eight of nine pass breakups in league play including four in a double overtime victory at Coast Guard and a vital interception against Norwich. The sophomore recorded a season-best six tackles, and five solo takedowns, against MIT. The mechanical engineering major sports a 3.87 GPA.
To be eligible for all-academic honors, a student-athlete must be a starter or a key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 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. Academic All-District honorees advance to the CSC Academic All-America® ballot.