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Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
Release: November 12, 2012
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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.- Monmouth University football players Tyler George (Berkeley Heights, N.J./Gov. Livingston), Eric Spillane (Howell, N.J./Colts Neck) and Andrew Sutton were recently named Capital One Academic All-District II selections

" We are very happy that three of our players have been recognized for their academic achievement," said MU head coach Kevin Callahan. "In addition to being fine players, they demonstrate the ability to balance challenging academic programs with the demands of Division I football. We are proud to that they represent Monmouth University football as members of the First Team All -District II Academic Team."

It marks the 13th consecutive season that Monmouth has had a player named on the All-District II First Team and the second time that the Hawks have had three players honored. FBS and FCS schools from New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky comprise District II. The three players will now join the honorees from other districts for Academic All-America consideration.

Sutton, a senior safety, earns the award for the second consecutive season after posting a 3.88 grade point average.  The Williamstown, N.J., native has started all nine games at safety, recording 28 tackles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery. Last season he was named to the NACDA Academic All-Star Team and his GPA is the highest among starting players.

George, a fifth -year senior, has started 41 games in his career with the Hawks at tight end.  He currently ranks fourth on Monmouth in catches and is a part of the Northeast Conference's best passing and total offense. The Berkeley Heights, N.J. product ranks third all-time in receptions at Monmouth (120) and recently moved into sixth all-time at Monmouth in reception yardage, surpassing former Hawk and NFL tight end John Nalbone. A communications major, George needs 17 yards in his final collegiate game to surpass Rick Finer for fifth place in the MU record books for receiving yardage.

Spillane, a junior from Howell, N.J., already owns many of the Monmouth place kicking records. His 35 successful field goals  and 74.4 field goal percentage are Monmouth records while he currently ranks sixth all-time in scoring with 194 points.  Spillane, a criminal justice major with a 3.81 GPA, needs three field goal attempts to break Fred Weingart's record of 49 career attempts. This season he has converted 32-of-33 point after attempts, which ties his own record (shared with Weingart) for successful PATs in a season.

Monmouth wraps up the 2012 season this Saturday when they travel  to play rival Robert Morris. Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m.

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