Gries Named to 2019 Academic All-District® Football Team

Ryan Gries, Academic All-District Team

CoSIDA Release | CoSIDA All-District® Football Teams

LEICESTER, Mass. – Senior Ryan Gries (North Branford, Conn.) of the Becker College football team has been named to the 2019 Academic All-District® Football Team as voted on by College of Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) members.  

The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.  The organization separately recognizes football honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

The senior defensive lineman currently holds a 3.45 GPA as a Criminal Justice major.  He is just the fourth Hawk in the history of the Becker College Athletic Program to be recognized with a CoSIDA Academic All-District® accolade.

"Ryan is a great leader on the field and in the classroom," commented head coach Frank Forcucci.  "He is a great teammate who always puts the team first.  Ryan has a great work ethic and always has a positive attitude."

Gries, a transfer student-athlete from Mount Ida College, spent two years with the Becker football program.  As of press time, he has 56 career tackles (27 solo, 29 assisted), three career sacks for a loss of 26 yards, five career tackles for a loss of 28 yards, and one pass breakup. 

"Ryan has started on both sides of the ball this year which is a rare feat in today's game and has played multiple positions on defense," added Forcucci. 

This season alone, Gries has 31 total tackles (13 solo, 17 assisted), two sacks for a loss of 21 yards, and 2.5 tackles for a loss of 22 yards with a breakup in nine games played.

On the academic side, Gries was named to the Commonwealth Coast Football All-Academic Team in 2018.

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.