KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Nov. 15, 2018) – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District Teams for NCAA Division III Football on Thursday and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy junior return specialist Joe Vitelli (Warrington, Pa.) was selected to the CoSIDA District 3 (New York) First Team. This accolade recognizes the best-of-the-best on the field, who are also the best-of-the-best in the classroom.
The honor comes just a week after Vitelli earned a spot on the NEWMAC All-Academic Team, his second-straight year receiving that honor, and just one day after the league announced that he was selected by the head coaches to the All-NEWMAC First Team as a return specialist.
Vitelli is having a sensational season returning the ball for the Mariners this year. He has amassed 686 kickoff return yards on 32 returns (21.4 yards per return) and 146 punt return yards on 20 returns (7.3 yards per return). He currently ranks fifth in the nation in combined kick return yards with 832.
The junior is also a threat offensively as a receiver. He is tied for the team-high with 23 catches, registering 270 yards and one touchdown. In addition to the All-NEWMAC selection this season as a return specialist, Vitelli was also on the All-NEWMAC First Team as a wide receiver in 2017 and was an honorable mention All-Liberty League selection as a returner in 2016.
He is leading the Mariners and is tied for the NEWMAC lead in all-purpose yards with 121.7 yards per game.
The Second-Class Midshipman of the Class of 2020 is working towards a degree in Maritime Logistics & Security and a U.S. Coast Guard Deck License.
For the complete release from CoSIDA, click here.
With his selection as an Academic All-District honoree, Vitelli is now eligible to be selected as a member of the Google Cloud Academic All-America Team. The 2018 Academic All-America Team for Division III Football will be announced in mid-December.
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