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Three named to Academic All-District Football Team

Three named to Academic All-District Football Team

INDIANOLA, Iowa - A trio of Simpson football players recently earned CoSIDA Academic All-District™ 8 honors for the 2015 season, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The award recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

Junior running back Jordan Beem, senior offensive lineman Blake Bergstrom and senior defensive end Clay Finley were named to the 29-member team, which includes student-athletes attending NCAA Division III institutions in 21 states and Canada. As first team honorees, the trio will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

Beem (Altoona, Iowa/Southeast Polk) makes his first appearance on the Academic All-District Team in 2015. An honorable mention all-conference running back and second team return specialist a year ago, Beem has established himself as one of the top running backs in the league in 2015. He has 934 yards rushing and 10 total TDs, leads the Iowa Conference with 145 all-purpose yards per game and is on pace to become Simpson's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2008. Academically, the history major carries a 3.71 cumulative grade point average.

Bergstrom (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) becomes a two-time Academic All-District selection after earning first team honors in 2014. A second team all-IIAC pick a year ago at left tackle, Bergstrom has helped pave the way for the league's No. 2 rushing attack from his right tackle position. The Storm's offensive line is among the best in the nation at protecting the quarterback, allowing just nine sacks through eight games. Academically, Bergstrom carries a 3.77 cumulative GPA in physical education.

Finley (Muscatine, Iowa/Muscatine) also earns his second placement on the Academic All-District Team after landing first team honors in 2013. After missing most of 2014 with a knee injury, Finley has come back strong this season, tallying 4.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss. Academically, the fifth-year senior and team captain carries a 3.74 cumulative GPA in physical education and exercise science.

The Storm (3-5, 2-3 Iowa Conference) travel to Waverly, Iowa to face Wartburg on Saturday.

2015 Academic All-District 8 Football Team
Pos. Name School Yr. Major
QB Hans Fortune Puget Sound Jr. Economics
WR Robbie Anstoetter Wartburg Sr. Elementary education
WR Taylor Cox Central Sr. Biology
TE Mitchell Boerm Central Jr. Biology
RB Jordan Beem Simpson Jr. History
RB Madison Ross Austin Sr. Business administration
OL Joe Beattie Whitworth Jr. Business management
OL Blake Bergstrom Simpson Sr. Physical education
OL Josh Brunk Central So. Athletic training
OL Michael Cruciotti Whitworth Jr. Business administration & marketing
OL Tyler Howlett Texas Lutheran Jr. Accounting
OL Chase Wilhelms Wartburg Sr. Accounting & business admin.
K Nico Francino Hardin-Simmons Jr. Engineering
DB Conlan Aguiorre Hardin-Simmons Jr. Math
DB Brandon Davis Cornell (IA) Sr. Kinesiology
DB Andy harris Pacific (OR) Jr. Political science
DB Conner Larkin Chapman Jr. Political science
DB Caleb Mathena Whitworth Jr. Political science
LB Mark Atwater Coe Sr. Physical education
LB Drew Carlson Central (IA) Jr. Exercise science
LB Brad Hood Trinity (TX) Jr. Engineering
LB Blaine Snitker Dubuque Sr. Mathematics & secondary education
LB Pierce Thedford III Mary Hardin-Baylor Sr. Exercise science
LB Gunner Tranel Wartburg Sr. Business admin. & fitness mgmt.
DL Corbin Blythe  Central (IA) So. Business management
DL Clay Finley Simpson Sr. Physical education / exercise science
DL Trent Walker Hardin-Simmons Sr. Education / social studies
DL Henry Wei Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Jr. Economics & finance
P Tyler STanek Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Sr. Economics & accounting
Storm fall to Illinois Wesleyan
September 19, 2015 Storm fall to Illinois Wesleyan