Three members of the Middlebury College football team have been named a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) District I First-Team Academic All-District selection by the organization. Seniors Kevin Hopsicker (Delmar, N.Y.) and John Jackson (Hood River, Ore.) along with junior Andrew Rogan (Thompson Ridge, N.Y.) each earned spots on the team. The three helped lead the Panthers to a 7-2 season and a runner-up finish in the NESCAC.
Hopsicker, a two-time CoSIDA All-District selection, owns a 3.86 grade point average as a political science major. One of the team's top tacklers over his career, the defensive back had 42 stops in 2017. He also intercepted a pass for a touchdown and had a season-best eight tackles during Middlebury's win at Amherst, garnering him NESCAC Player of the Week accolades. Hopsicker had five pass break-ups and at least two tackles in each game this fall. He ended his career with 140 tackles, seven interceptions and 13 pass break-ups.
Jackson has a 3.46 grade point average, majoring in environmental studies. The starting linebacker ranked second on the team in both tackles for loss (8) and sacks (5.5) as well as third on in tackles (56). He tallied a season-high 11 tackles to go along with a blocked punt that resulted in a safety against Williams. Jackson finished his career with 14 sacks, good for third in the all-time laurels at Middlebury, as well as 151 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and a pair of interceptions.
Rogan possesses a 3.70 grade point average as an economics major. He has played in all 17 games over the past two seasons, starting each contest this fall at the left tackle position. Rogan anchored a line that led the NESCAC in both total offense (417.4 yards per game), passing (304.9 per game) and ranked second in the league in points per game (32.6).
The three Panthers will now be placed on a national ballot with the Academic All-American team slated to be released on December 13.