FERRUM, Va. -- Ferrum College's Brian Mann has been named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America NCAA Division III Football Team as a second team selection. The team is sponsored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Mann is a Business Administration / Financial Management major.
This is Mann's first such honor. He is Ferrum's seventh Academic All-American, and only the second in the sport of football. Mann became eligible for Academic All-America in November when he earned a spot on the Academic All-District V first team. All first team Academic All-District selections advance to the Academic All-America ballot. Mann's Academic All-District honor was also a first for the junior running back from Pearisburg, Virginia.
Ferrum's Academic All-Americans
2000 - Elizabeth Adams, 3rd team (women's soccer/women's tennis)
2006 - Dustin Hamoy, 2nd team (football)
2007 - Wilson Paine, st team (men's tennis)
2012 - Paul Jaglowski, 1st team (baseball)
2015 - Hank Parsley, 1st team (baseball)
2015 - Morgan Funck, 2nd team (women's soccer)
2018 - Brian Mann, 2nd team (football)
With his selection as an Academic All-American, Mann becomes the College's first ever student-athlete to earn both athletic and academic All-America honors. Earlier this week, Mann was named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America second team.
Mann piled up 1605 yards and 15 touchdowns on 244 carries this season. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry in 2018, capping the season with an All-Conference first team nod by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. It was his third straight All-Conference first team honor, including two he earned from the USA South Athletic Conference in 2016 and 2017. Mann led the ODAC in rushing with 160.5 yards per game. He currently holds 14 schools records, including game, season and career rushing yards.
Ferrum finished tied for fourth in its first season in the ODAC, closing with a 5-5 overall record and 3-4 mark in the league standings. Mann and the Panthers are led by Head Coach Rob Grande, who is in his third season at the helm of the Black Hats football program.