Nov. 7, 2013
2013 CoSIDA Academic All-District Honorees (Football)
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern landed three representatives on the 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-District 5 squad, the organization announced on Thursday. Senior RB Mike Trumpy (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North), junior LB Collin Ellis (St. Gabriel, La./The Dunham School) and junior OL Brandon Vitabile (Edison, N.J./Bishop Ahr) were among 24 football student-athletes who earned the honor in District 5, which covers NCAA Division I universities across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
All three earned the distinction for the first time in their respective careers and will automatically be placed on the ballot for Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America voting.
A fifth-year senior with an undergraduate degree in communication studies, Trumpy is currently pursuing a master's degree in sports administration and is Northwestern's third-leading rusher this season with 270 yards on 61 carries (4.4 ypc).
Ellis has started all nine games at outside linebacker in his redshirt junior season, ranking fourth on the team with 58 tackles and third with three interceptions. Earlier this year he was named the Big Ten and Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week following NU's season-opener at Cal after he became the first NU player in history to return two interceptions for touchdowns. The Louisiana native is working toward a degree in learning and organizational change.
A 2013 co-captain, Vitabile has started at center in all 35 games of his Northwestern career. The economics major was named to preseason watch lists for both the Rimington Award and Outland Trophy, handed out each year to the top center and top lineman, respectively, in college football.
To be eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-District honors, a player must be in at least his second year of athletic eligibility, be a first-team or key reserve on the field and carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or better. Northwestern has had 34 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in its football history, most recently Brian Arnfelt and Patrick Ward in 2012.
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