Smith Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team
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LEXINGTON, Va. – For the second year in a row, VMI junior safety AJ Smith was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team for his accomplishments on the field and for superior academic work in the classwork.


First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® ballot. First- and second-team (if applicable) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early December. Last year as a sophomore, Smith achieved the mark and was named to the Academic All-America team after being named to the All-District 3 first team.


The top academic achievement a collegiate student-athlete can earn, candidates must hold at least a 3.3 GPA to be considered and be a significant contributor on the field of play. A mechanical engineering major, Smith earned the GPA requirement and excels on the field as a team captain and one of the team’s best defensive players.


This season, Smith ranks second on the team in total tackles with 62 on the year including 33 solo takedowns and 29 assisted tackles. He also has 2.5 tackles for loss, three picks, deflected seven passes and forced one fumble.


The CoSIDA Academic All-District® teams include the student-athletes listed on the attached PDF and are divided into geographic districts across the United States.


CoSIDA members will vote on the All-District first team members next week and the Academic All-Americans will be announced later this month.


For more information about CoSIDA’s Academic All-District® and Academic All-America® Teams program, visit on



Pos.    Name                                School                                                                  Yr.     GPA            Major

QB       Brady White                      University of Memphis                                          Gr.     3.58/3.80     Humanities (G)

RB       Wesley Dugger                 Davidson College                                                 Jr.      3.36             Anthropology

RB       Isaiah Totten                    North Carolina Central University                         Sr.     3.47             Mass Communication

WR      Bryce Nunnelly                 Chattanooga                                                         Jr.      3.81             Mechanical Engineering

WR      Daeshawn Stephens        North Carolina Central University                         Sr.     3.82             Mass Communication

WR      Sage Surratt                      Wake Forest University                                        So.    3.47             Economics

TE       Michael Wooten                Campbell University                                             Sr.     3.70             Kinesiology

OL       Eddie Gajardo                  East Tennessee State University                         Sr.     3.90             Nursing

OL       Cole Garrison                   Appalachian State                                                Sr.     3.93             Exercise Science

OL       Ryan Johnson                  University of Tennessee                                       Gr.     3.88/3.68     Structural Engineering (G)

OL       Brandon Kennedy             University of Tennessee                                       Gr.     3.84/3.84     Sports Psychology (UG) / Motor Behavior (G)

OL       Dustin Woodard                University of Memphis                                          Sr.     3.44             Management

K          AJ Reed                            Duke University                                                    Jr.      3.75             Political Science

ST       Paxton Brooks                  University of Tennessee                                       So.    3.98             Kinesiology

DL       Richard Burney                University of Virginia                                             Gr.     3.47             American Studies (UG) / MED (G)

DL       Matthew Butler                  University of Tennessee                                       Jr.      3.64             Political Science

DL       Edgar Cerenord                Duke University                                                    Sr.     3.67             Sociology

DL       Alex Turner                       East Carolina University                                       Sr.     3.61             Psychology & Multidisciplinary Study / Neuroscience

LB        Jordan Fehr                      Appalachian State                                                Sr.     3.77             Management

LB        Jordan Mack                     University of Virginia                                             Sr.     3.47             Youth & Social Innovation

LB        Caleb Peart                       Vanderbilt University                                            Gr.     3.54/4.00     Medicine, Health, & Society / African American Studies

DB       Elijah Benton                    Liberty University                                                  Gr.     3.57             Graphic Design (UG) / Executive Leadership (G)

DB       Jerrell Lawson                  Chattanooga                                                         Gr.     3.50             Business Management (UG) / MBA (G)

DB       A.J. Smith                        Virginia Military Institute                                    Jr.      3.40             Mechanical Engineering

DB       Kaiden Smith                    Appalachian State                                                Sr.     3.70             Communication

P          John Pecaro                     North Carolina Central University                         Sr.     3.71             Political Science