Football - Thu, Nov. 8, 2007
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College senior linebacker Patrick O'Neal has been selected as a member of the 2007 ESPN the Magazine CoSIDA Academic All-District IV College Division First Team, the organization announced Thursday.

O'Neal (Lula, Ga.) is the first player in Bulldog football history to make the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.

CoSIDA (the College Sports Information Directors of America) annually names Academic All-America teams in all sports. CoSIDA was established in 1957, and the Academic All-America program dates back to 1952.

To qualify for the Academic All-America Team, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.20, be a sophomore, junior or senior and player in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed. Each sport is divided into two divisions, University and College. The University Division includes all NCAA Division I schools, while the College Division encompasses all NCAA II, III and NAIA institutions.

CoSIDA is also separated into eight districts. District IV includes all institutions in Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

O'Neal has been the defensive leader for Union this season, posting 123 total tackles. He ranks first in the Mid-South Conference and fourth in the NAIA in tackles per game at 12.3. O'Neal has recorded back-to-back 100-tackle seasons and currently has 370 career stops.

A two-time Mid-South Conference All-Academic Team member, O'Neal was selected as a 2006 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

By earning a spot on the All-District First Team, O'Neal is now eligible to be selected for the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team.

Union is 3-7 overall on the season and 1-3 in MSC East play. The Bulldogs will close out the season Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against host Georgetown (Ky.) College.