COLUMBUS, Ohio – The College Sports Information Directors of America have selected Ohio Dominican football's Evan Ernst (Mason, Ohio) and Jed Quackenbush (Newark, Ohio) to its annual Academic All-District team.
Both Ernst and Quackenbush are now eligible for the prestigious Academic All-American honor. The CoSIDA Academic All-America program has honored outstanding academic and athletic achievement by student-athletes throughout the landscape of college sports since 1952.
The Panther duo is part of five total honorees in Super Region One from the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, with the other three hailing from Hillsdale. Ernst and Quackenbush are both receiving their first academic all-District award from CoSIDA. Since 2011, ODU now has 17 Academic All-District performers and have had at least one member on the All-America team in each of the past five seasons.
Ernst led the Panther offensive attack, as the starting quarterback earning his third all-conference award. The redshirt junior became just the fourth member in school history to reach 5,000 career passing yards.
During the shortened spring season in 2021, Ernst completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 986 yards. He led the G-MAC in completion percentage, while his passer efficiency rating of 123.1 was third-best in the conference. Ernst threw a season-high three touchdowns in the spring finale against Hillsdale en route to seven passing scores this season. He also added a pair of rushing touchdowns as well.
Quackenbush was selected as the G-MAC's Special Teams Player of the Year this spring and earned his first all-conference selection. With the departure of 2019 Academic All-American punter Logen Neidhardt, Quackenbush was asked to handle the place kicking and punting duties in 2021.
Among punters with at least 15 attempts this spring, Quackenbush led the conference with an average punt of 40.9 yards. He also led the G-MAC with 18 of his 33 punt attempts finishing inside the opponents 20-yardl line. As a punter, he also had five attempts of 50-plus yards, including a long of 58 yards versus Kentucky Wesleyan.
It was a perfect spring for Quackenbush as a place kicker as well. He made all 15 of his point-after tries and connected on his lone field goal attempt of 21 yards at Walsh. Quackenbush was one of just two players in the G-MAC this spring to finish 100 percent on combined PAT and field goal attempts. He also earned multiple G-MAC special teams player of the week awards in the spring season.
Ohio Dominican finished the conference-only spring season with a 4-2 record, marking the program's 10th consecutive winning season. The Panthers were also tied for second in the final G-MAC standings. ODU has finished no worse than second place in all four seasons it has been a member of the G-MAC.
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