Pittsburgh, Pa. - Junior defensive lineman Mike Lovely (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Keystone Oaks) of the Robert Morris University football team was named to the ESPN The Magazine 2009 District II University Division Football Academic All-America Team Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). By making the team, Lovely will placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
The 6'1", 250-pounder Lovely is in his first year as a starter on the defensive line for the Colonials and carries a 3.90 cumulative grade point average as an actuarial science major. He has appeared in six games, recording 17 tackles, including seven solo and two and-a-half for losses that have totaled 12 yards. Included in his tackles for loss are one-and-a-half sacks, and he has also posted a pass breakup.
Lovely is the 11th different Colonial from the football team named to the ESPN The Magazine District II Academic All-America Team, the most from any program at Robert Morris.
In order to be eligible for All-District Academic All-America Team consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale. The student-athlete must have reached sophomore eligibility and academic standing at the institution and must have completed at least one full academic year. CoSIDA's District II covers Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Led by Joe Walton, the only head coach in the 16-year history of the program, Robert Morris travels to Albany, N.Y., Saturday, Nov. 7, in search of its third straight win when it takes on Albany at University Field at 1:00 p.m.