DURHAM, N.H. – Chris Zarkoskie (West Caldwell, N.J.), a left guard and captain on the 10th-ranked University of New Hampshire football team, was named to the Capital One Academic NCAA Division I Football District 1 First Team on Thursday, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Zarkoskie, a senior with a 3.54 grade-point-average in psychology who also received this accolade in 2011, advances to the national ballot. The Academic All-America Team will be announced Dec. 6.
The three-year starter on the offensive line has been named to UNH's Academic Honor Roll every semester, including Highest Honors twice and High Honors three times, and he was a 2012 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team nominee.
Zarkoskie has started all 10 games in 2012 and, due to his blocking and leadership skills, the Wildcats' offense is ranked No. 8 in total offense (483 yards per game) and No. 9 in scoring (36.7 points per game) – both of those numbers rank second in the Colonial Athletic Association conference – and UNH is 8-2 overall (6-1 CAA) with a six-game winning streak.
As a sophomore and junior, Zarkoskie received the CAA Commissioner's Academic Award and was named to the Academic All-Conference Team; he was also a 2011 FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team honoree.
Capital One has launched a website devoted to the Academic All-America® program and more information can be found at www.CapitalOneAcademicAllAmerica.com.
New Hampshire returns to action Nov. 17 (12 p.m.) at Cowell Stadium for its Senior Day regular-season finale against Towson University. Tickets are available by clicking here, and the game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet Regional.