Big Rapids, Mich. - A pair of Ferris State University football senior standouts were recently named to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team, which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances both on the field and in the classroom.
Senior defensive end Dylan Roney (Plymouth/Detroit Catholic Central) and senior tight end Landon Grove (Gladwin) garnered first-team Academic All-District recognition and advance to the national ballot with first and second-team Academic All-America honorees slated to be announced in mid-December.
A total of only five honorees came from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) with FSU receiving two of the mentions.
The Academic All-District® teams include the student-athletes from respective schools with the selections divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division. The College Division includes all NAIA, Canadian, two-year schools, and other affiliations.
The Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams.
This fall, Roney played in all 13 games and finished the year with 21 total tackles in addition to 5.5 tackles for loss (-27 yards) and 4.5 quarterback sacks (-25 yards). He also had a pass breakup as a starter at defensive end for the Bulldogs. Roney was a three-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs and also a three-time GLIAC All-Academic Team recipient.
Meanwhile, Grove played a key role on special teams for the Bulldogs and was utilized as a blocking tight end in the FSU offensive attack. He had three tackles and also caught a key two-point conversion pass in the Bulldogs' thrilling 28-27 victory over archrival Grand Valley State in the Anchor-Bone Classic. Grove began his FSU career at quarterback and finished as a three-time GLIAC All-Academic Team selection.
Ferris State finished the 2017 season with an 11-2 overall record. FSU's 11 wins this season marks the fourth consecutive year in which the Bulldogs have achieved the feat, which represents the first time in school history in which FSU has done so over four-straight years.
This fall, the Bulldogs also made their fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II Playoffs and reached the national quarterfinal round for the second-straight year after making a D2 National Semifinal appearance last season.
As part of this year's senior class, Roney and Grove helped the Bulldogs achieve a 45-7 overall record over the past four years with four playoff appearances, two conference championships, two national quarterfinal berths, a semifinal game appearance and a super region championship.