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December 4, 2012

Gibbs earns CoSIDA Academic All-America

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Grove City College junior cornerback Chris Gibbs (Akron, Ohio/Revere) earned Capital One/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Division III Academic All-America honors Tuesday morning. Gibbs, a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, earned Second Team Academic All-America honors.

Gibbs started all 10 games at cornerback this year for Grove City and finished second on the team with 68 tackles. He had six pass breakups and helped Grove City (6-4 overall, 5-3 PAC) lead the Presidents' Athletic Conference in total defense. The Wolverines yielded just 283.3 yards and a conference-low 15.8 first downs per game.

A three-year letterman, Gibbs has also started at free safety during his career. He led Grove City with 79 tackles last year.

In the classroom, Gibbs owns a 3.92 GPA as a molecular biology major. He has been named to the Dean's List With Distinction and the conference's Academic Honor Roll. He is also a Presidential Scholarship recipient.

Gibbs is the first Grove City football player to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America distinction since linebacker Adam Eichler and guard Dave Salera both earned that honor in 2008. All-time, Grove City has produced 39 Academic All-Americans, including 22 since 2002. Those 22 Academic All-Americans have accounted for 28 total Academic All-America honors.

Grove City has at least one Academic All-American in each of the last 11 academic years.

The 2012-13 academic year marks the second year that CoSIDA has based its Academic All-America program on individual divisions within college athletics. Currently, CoSIDA honors student-athletes in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, along with a "College" division that includes NAIA institutions and junior colleges.

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