Sulpizio Named Academic All-American in Football

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Emilio Sulpizio has been voted to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Football Team, sponsored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Sulpizio was named to the Second Team.

"Academics have always been such a major portion of my life," Sulpizio said. "It is a tremendous and humbling honor to be recognized for the hard work off the field as well as on."

Sulpizio (Fifth-year Senior, C, Spokane, Wash. - Mead) is a four-time Academic All-District honoree. He has been a four-year starter for the Pirates at center. He is a biochemistry major with a 3.90 grade point average and has been accepted to the University of Washington School of Medicine for the upcoming fall. He continues to volunteer at Christ Clinic as the Medication Assistance Program Coordinator.

Sulpizio is the first Academic All-American in football for Whitworth since Steve Honeyman was selected in 2006.

"Emilio has been an outstanding student-athlete," said Whitworth football coach John Tully. "This is a great honor for him and recognizes the outstanding work he has done on the field and in the classroom."

The NCAA Div. III Academic All-America team was selected from among the eight Division III Academic All-District Teams.