Shippensburg University redshirt-senior linebacker Tig Spinelli has a new award, his second in two years.
Thursday afternoon the 2019 NCAA Division II Super Region 1 Academic All-District® Team awarded Spinelli a prestigious scholastic award sponsored by the College Sports Information Directors Association of America (CoSIDA).
Spinelli is a double major in supply chain management and management information systems At SU. He has a 3.86 cumulative grade-point average (GPA). It is the second consecutive year that he has earned Academic All-District® honor. It makes him SU’s first two-time honoree since running back Justin Pyle (2015, 2017).
A starting middle linebacker for the Red Raiders, Spinelli is SU’s leading tackler this season with 61 through 10 games. He is second on the team with 7.5 tackles-for-loss (TFLs), including two sacks, and has recorded one interception. He also leads the PSAC with two blocked kicks.
Spinelli is one of two Red Raiders receiving an Academic All-District® classification this year. Sophomore special teams player Sean Judge is also a recipient. It is the third straight year that SU has had multiple football players earn Academic All-District® honors.
The 2019 Academic All-District® Football Team recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
The Academic All-America® program separately recognizes football honorees in four divisions: NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Academic All-America® ballot. Judges choose those in early December.
For more information about CoSIDA’s Academic All-District® and Academic All-America® Teams program, visit AcademicAllAmerica.com.
Bill Morgal is sports information director at Shippensburg University.