SPOKANE, Wash. – Patch Kulp has been recognized for excellence in the classroom as well as on the field, earning a spot on the 2017 Academic All-District 8 Division III football team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Kulp, a Whitworth team captain this fall, carries a 3.66 cumulative grade point average into this academic year. The senior linebacker from Santa Clarita, California is an athletic training major. It is the second straight year he has earned the academic All-District honor.
Kulp was named first team All-Northwest Conference earlier this week. Kulp finished the season with 76 total tackles, which led the Pirates and ranked third (tied) in the NWC. His tackles per game average of 7.6 ranked seventh in the league. Kulp added four pass breakups and an interception.
The NCAA Div. III Academic All-District VIII teams are selected from players at schools in the Northwest, California, Texas and Iowa. Members of CoSIDA nominate and select the players. To be eligible for nomination, a player must be a starter or important reserve with a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and of at-least sophomore standing. Whitworth nominated 11 players in 2017. There were more than 120 nominees for the 29-player squad.
This is the seventh year that the CoSIDA Academic All-District teams were broken down by division. Kulp is now eligible for selection to the 2017-18 Division III Academic All-America football team.