DURHAM, N.H.-- Senior wide receiver Shaun Diner (Montreal Quebec) and junior offensive lineman Tim Carignan (Belmont, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire football team were both named first-team CoSIDA Academic All-Americans for District I. CoSIDA stands for College Sports Information Directors of America.
With the honor, both players move on to the overall national ballot and the national team will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
Diner, who has been a starting wide receiver at UNH, is a business administration major and checks in with an impressive GPA of 3.74. Diner has made 23 catches this season for 237 yards and has scored two touchdowns for the Wildcats. He is also averaging 33.9 receiving yards per contest and 10.2 yards per catch. Diner was named to the Atlantic 10's All-Academic squad the last three seasons.
Carignan, on of the Wildcats' best offensive lineman and a starter in all nine contests, is one of the main reasons why the UNH offense is averaging over 400 yards per contest (408.8). UNH also has one of the most protected quarterbacks in the nation in redshirt freshman Ricky Santos (Bellingham, Mass.). Thanks to Carignan and the offensive line, Ricky has thrown 21 touchdown passes in 2004 and is just three shy of breaking UNH all-time mark for touchdown passes in a season. Carignan is a physical education/pedagogy major and is sporting a cumulative GPA of 3.75 at UNH. He was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic squad for 2,003 and prior to last year he was named to the Big East All-Academic squad while he was playing for Syracuse University. Carignan transferred to UNH in the midst of the 2003 campaign.
Carignan and Diner will be looking to join a prestigious group of New Hampshire players on the national first team, as offensive lineman John Driscoll earned the honor in 1952 and offensive tackle Dave Morton made the grade in1984. Driscoll was a member of the first-ever All-Academic Squad, which was recently honored and recognized by CoSIDA.