PHILADELPHIA - University of Pennsylvania senior defensive back Brad Martinez was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District football team as selected by members of COSIDA. Martinez is a two-time All-District selection and was one of 13 student-athletes in the Ivy League to receive the honor.
Martinez is 11th on the Quakers in tackles with 23 (10 solo). The Glen Ellyn, Ill. native has 2.5 tackles for a loss of nine yards and two pass breakups. He is member of a defense that ranks first in the Ivy League in total defense and 11th in I-AA.
Martinez, a philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) major in the College, was named to the ESPN Academic All-District team in 2004 as well.
CoSIDA's District II covers Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. He must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at the institution and must have completed at least one full academic year at the institution. Sports information directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools who are named to district teams prior to being voted upon on the national level. CoSIDA has been selecting Academic All-America teams since 1952.
Penn is 5-3 overall and 3-2 in Ancient Eight action. The Quakers travel to Cambridge, Mass. for a 12:05 p.m. kickoff with Harvard. The game will air on the YES Network and can be heard live on ESPN 920 AM and www.pennathletics.com.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications