LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland seniors Chandler Peeples and Josh Bates were voted CoSIDA Academic All-District® 2 College Division for the second straight year, as announced by the national organization last week. Peeples and Bates are now entered into the pool of candidates for Academic All-America honors.
Student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior or senior, hold a 3.30 GPA and above and be a starter or major contributor off the bench to be eligible for nomination for the CoSIDA Academic All-District® award.
Peeples anchored an offensive line that paved the way for 2,867 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns on the ground this season, ranking seventh nationally in total rushing yards and eighth in rushing yards per game (260.7). The Phoenix rushed for more than 244 yards in seven of the team’s 11 contests, including 564 versus Bethel and 359 against Kentucky Christian. Cumberland also allowed just 10 total sacks in 11 outings, sixth fewest in the nation.
The Conyers, Ga., native started 10 of the team’s 11 contests at center and made 37 starts in his Cumberland career. The Phoenix ranked in the Top 11 in total rushing yards and rushing yards per game in 2016. He holds a 3.85 grade-point-average in Management.
Bates posted 29 tackles with five tackles for loss and three sacks and six quarterback hurries in 2017. The Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native recovered four fumbles, returning one 64 yards for a touchdown at Georgetown College.
Bates played in 33 career games with 29 starts over the last three seasons, registering 13.0 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks along with 78 total stops. He carries a 3.51 GPA while working on his master's in Business Administration.
CoSIDA Football Academic All-District® 2 College Division
QB – Dylan Beasley, Lindsey Wilson
RB – Wade Holtsclaw, Campbellsville University
RB – Mike Ivlow, Saint Xavier University
WR – Daniel Boy, Taylor University
WR – Grant Hohlbein, Taylor University
TE – Cruise Coulter, Campbellsville University
OL – Lou Bunning, Lindsey Wilson
OL – John Chewning, Campbellsville University
OL – Connor Holcomb, University of Saint Francis [IN]
OL – Zac Lawson, Lindsey Wilson
OL – Chandler Peeples, Cumberland University
K – Joseph Rose, University of the Cumberlands
ST – Connor Steinmetz, Robert Morris University
DL – Josh Bates, Cumberland University
DL – Anthony Kowalczyk, Saint Xavier University
DL – Ben Rupert, Taylor University
DL – Alex Zlomie, University of St. Francis [IL]
LB – Caleb Coe, Olivet Nazarene
LB – Piercen Harnish, University of Saint Francis [IN]
LB – Trent Mueller, Lindsey Wilson
DB – Tyler Gerig, Taylor University
DB – Philip Hassell, Robert Morris University
DB – Derek Wanner, Taylor University
DB – Josh Woodard, University of St. Francis [IL]
P – Joe Bailey, Saint Xavier University