PHILADELPHIA – A pair of University of Pennsylvania football players have been named CoSIDA Academic All-District as voted on by members of the Collegiate Sports Information Directors Association.
Wide receiver Justin Watson and offensive lineman Nick Demes were two of the 24 players selected as Academic All-District for District 2 which is comprised of FBS and FCS programs in Pennsylvania, D.C., Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey and West Virginia.
Watson and Demes are the first Quakers named CoSIDA Academic All-District since Scott Lopano in 2011. The last time Penn had two players named CoSIDA Academic All-District in the same season was 2010 when Jared Mollenbeck and Josh Powers were selected.
Justin Watson, enrolled in Wharton with a concentration in Finance, leads the Ivy League in receptions (56), yards (807) and touchdowns (7) – ranking 12th, 15th, and 19th in FCS in those respective categories. A third-team STATS FCS All-American last year, Watson was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection and runner-up for Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year. Also in 2015, Watson was an Academic All-Ivy selection and was named Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Performer of the Year in football. Through 27 career games, Watson already ranks No. 3 all-time at Penn in receptions (172) and is No. 4 in receiving yards (2,386) and receiving touchdowns (18).
Nick Demes has played in 34 career games on the offensive line for the Red and Blue, earning honorable mention All-Ivy honors in 2015. A right tackle his first three seasons, Demes has moved over to the left side this season and helped block for the Ivy League’s leading rushing and most efficient passer. A Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area selection in 2015, Demes was named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy which is presented annually to the nation’s top senior student-athlete.
Both Watson and Demes are now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America selection. Voting for those awards will take place later this month.
The Red and Blue are back in action on Saturday, visiting Princeton in a pivotal Ivy League contest on the American Sports Network at noon.