wide receiver Damiere Byrd claimed a spot on the 2012 Capital One Academic
All-District 4 Football Team, as selected by the College Sports Information
Directors of America (CoSIDA), the organization released today.
Byrd ranks second on the Gamecocks in receiving yardage
on the year and has two touchdown receptions, one of those a 94-yard catch on
Sept. 15 against UAB, South Carolina's longest play from scrimmage this year.
The sophomore sport and entertainment management major also has posted seven
tackles as part of the special teams unit.
Byrd becomes the third Gamecock in as many years to earn
such distinction. Dalton Wilson garnered a first-team spot in 2011, while
Damario Jeffery made the 2010 team.
Eight schools in the fourth district, which is made up of
all Division I teams in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, had two
nominees make the team, including SEC squads Auburn and Georgia. Six had one
Byrd advances onto the national ballot, made up of the
eight district teams. The Capital One Academic All-America Division I Football
Teams will be released on Thurs., Dec. 6.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America program honors
student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the
classroom. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a sophomore academically
and athletically and a starter or significant contributor to the team.
All-District honorees from the eight geographical districts will be placed on
the national ballot. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder of the
awards since 2011.
Capital One Academic All-District 4 Team NCAA Division I
– as selected by CoSIDA