Aurora's Zimbelman Named CoSIDA Academic All-District

Aurora junior quarterback Gavin Zimbelman has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
Aurora junior quarterback Gavin Zimbelman has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.

Release courtesy of Aurora University athletics communications

AURORA, Ill. --- Aurora University football junior quarterback Gavin Zimbelman (Manteno, Ill.)was named to the CoSIDA District VII Academic All-District Team, which was announced on Thursday. Zimbelman earns the honor for his combined performances in the classroom and on the field.

The Academic All-District teams are selected by CoSIDA member sports information directors within the district based on the student-athletes' academic prowess while being a steady influence on their respective athletic field. To be considered for the honor, the nominated student-athletes are required to maintain a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade-point average throughout their academic career at AU. Zimbelman will now move on to the Academic All-America selection process.
 
On the field, Zimbelman leads the Spartans who have captured at least a share of the 2019 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference championship and will represent the NACC in the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship field for the playoffs that start next weekend. In the classroom, Zimbelman carries a 3.92 grade point average as a double major in business administration and sport management. 

Thus far on the 2019 season, Zimbelman has completed 224 of 351 passes for 2,945 yards and 46 touchdowns while rushing for 312 yards and two touchdowns. He has set a new single-season record for touchdown passes in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference while also setting new AU single-season and career records in numerous categories including single season: yards passing, completions, attempts and touchdowns and career records in yards passing, attempts, completions, and touchdowns.

Entering the final week of the regular season, he is currently ranked in the top 8 in Division III in seven statistical categories, leading the country in total offense (361.9), passing touchdowns (46), points responsible for (290) and points responsible for per game (32.2) while ranking third in passing yards (2,945), fourth in passing yards per game (327.2) and seventh in completions per game (24.89).

The next action for Zimbelman and the Spartan football team (8-1 overall and 6-0 in the NACC) comes on Saturday, November 16 when they travel to Lakeland University. Kickoff is slated for 6:00 p.m. in Plymouth, Wisconsin. 

NCAA DIVISION III – DISTRICT 7 (IL, IN, OH)
Pos. First Team School Yr. GPA Major
QB Gavin Zimbelman Aurora University Jr. 3.92
Business Administration / Sport Management
RB Zach Hall Case Western Reserve University Jr. 3.73 Finance
RB Alex Minton Denison University Sr. 3.35 Biology
RB Garrett Wight Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Sr. 3.95
Mechanical Engineering
WR Ian Leib MacMurray College Sr. 3.85
Business Administration / Sport Management
WR Phillip Nichols Wheaton College (Ill.) Sr. 3.56 Biology
TE Nick Cofer Heidelberg University Jr. 3.60
Exercise Science
OL Frazier Daniel University of Mount Union Sr. 3.85 Accounting
OL Dee Gose Case Western Reserve University Jr. 4.00
Accounting & Finance
OL Ethan Hale Ohio Northern University Sr. 3.97 Criminal Justice
OL Ryan Sympson Baldwin Wallace University Sr. 3.87
Biology / Pre-Med
OL Andrew Zellers Denison University Sr. 3.83 Economics
K Robertson Albrecht Case Western Reserve University So. 4.00 Physics
ST Alek Jacobs Augustana College Jr. 3.95
Economics / Political Science
DL Ben Cross Denison University Sr. 3.92
Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE)
DL Andrew Lease Case Western Reserve University Sr. 3.87
Accounting & Finance
DL Harrison Richardson John Carroll University Jr. 3.82 Business
DL River Shindledecker Wheaton College (Ill.) Jr. 3.46
Christian Formation & Ministry
DL Daniel Tjaden Augustana College Sr. 3.76
Business Marketing & Finance
DL Corey Vincent Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Sr. 3.45
Chemical Engineering
LB Travis Johnston Case Western Reserve University Jr. 4.00
Business Management
LB Eric Kraus The College of Wooster Jr. 4.00
Biochemistry / Molecular Biology
LB Ben Wong North Central College Jr. 4.00 Neuroscience
DB Patrick Crossey Case Western Reserve University Sr. 3.79 Civil Engineering
DB Luke Henwood University of Mount Union Jr. 3.92
Exercise Science
DB Kyle Kelly Baldwin Wallace University Sr. 4.00
Physical Therapy / Athletic Training
DB Corey Kennedy Wheaton College (Ill.) Sr. 3.97
Business / Economics
DB Connor Perkins DePauw University Sr. 3.88 Economics
P Andrew Cregan Baldwin Wallace University So. 3.60
Sport Management