MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Ben Thaw, Glenn Smith, and Matthew Simco of the Wesleyan football team were honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as they were named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team® for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
Thaw, Smith, and Simco were three of 30 players selected from District 2 to earn First Team honors. Schools from Connecticut, D.C., Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia are represented in District 2. The honor is the first for all three Cardinals.
Thaw is a senior studying Government and boasts a 3.47 grade-point average (GPA). On the field, he excelled in the secondary and was elected a co-captain by his peers. The defensive back from Westport, Conn. led the NESCAC in pass break-ups (9) and finished in a two-way tie for the league-led in interceptions (5). Thaw also ranked fourth on the team in tackles (40), returned an interception for a touchdown, and blocked two kicks.
Smith, a junior running back, is an Economics major with a 3.43 GPA. He led the team in rushing in 2019 with 450 yards on 71 carries (50.0 ypg) including four touchdowns. He ranked ninth in the NESCAC in rushing touchdowns, 10th in rushing yards per game, and 11th in total rushing yards. Smith also averaged 6.3 yards per carry.
Simco had a breakout sophomore season for the Cardinals and excelled in the classroom with a 3.95 GPA. On the gridiron, he was one of the best wide receivers in the NESCAC. He finished in the top-five in the conference in five major categories as he ranked fourth in receptions (44), yards (761), yards per game (84.6), and touchdowns (6). He also ranked fifth in yards per catch (17.3).
This trio helped guide Wesleyan to its first-ever 8-1 season which also featured a Little Three Championship outright.