Niccolo Mastromatteo and Jeffery Salley Earn Academic All-District

Mastromatteo owns 3.94 career GPA and Salley has a 3.58 career GPA


Niccolo Mastromatteo

Nov. 7, 2013

CONWAY - Coastal Carolina seniors Niccolo Mastromatteo and Jeffery Salley were voted to the Capital One Academic All-District 4 football team today, as named by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). By virtue of making the All-District team, the two will now be eligible for Academic All-America honors later this month.

Mastromatteo, a wide receiver and punt returner, owns a 3.94 career GPA in philosophy. Last month, he was one of 16 student-athletes - from a pool of 171 semifinalists across all NCAA divisions and the NAIA - to receive the National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete Award, presented by Fidelity Investments, and earned an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship.

Mastromatteo ranks third on the team with 27 receptions this season, has 16 first down receptions and has scored two touchdowns helping Coastal Carolina's offense rank among the NCAA FCS leaders in numerous categories. He is a four-time All-Big South honoree: first team honors in 2012 as a punt returner, second team honors in 2012 as a wide receiver and second team honors in 2010 and '11 as a punt returner.

For his career, Mastromatteo is the Big South's all-time leader in both punt returns (74) and punt return yards (620). In the CCU record book, he ranks fifth in all-purpose yards (2,517), sixth in receptions (75) and ninth in receiving yards (875). He additionally has the longest pass play in CCU history - being on the receiving end of an 81-yard touchdown at Gardner-Web in 2012, has the longest punt return in school history - having a 91-yard return versus Charleston Southern in 2010, and tied a CCU single-game record with 10 receptions versus Eastern Kentucky in 2012.

In addition to his on-field success, Mastromatteo is a three-time Big South Presidential Scholar, 2012 Academic All-Big South, 2012 FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star, College Sports Journal FCS All-Academic Team, a four-time CCU President's List honoree (4.0 for an academic semester) and two-time Dean's List Honoree (GPA between 3.5-3.99 for an academic semester).

Salley, a three-year starter at defensive tackle, carries a 3.58 career GPA in computer science. The Bamberg native has started each of the last 22 games and a total of 28 of his 35 career games played. He was named a captain for the 2013 season opener at South Carolina State and voted the team's Defensive MVP by the CCU staff in Coastal's win over VMI. Last season, Salley was voted the team's Defensive MVP twice.

Salley ranks seventh on the team in tackles (25) with a1.5 tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries. For his career, Salley has 80 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Salley has earned Big South Presidential Honor Roll distinction four times - posting at least a 3.0 for an academic year, while earning President's List at Coastal once (perfect 4.0 GPA for a semester) and Dean's List four times (3.5-3.99 GPA for an academic semester).

NCAA Division I Capital One Academic All-District 4 Football Team

Position       Name                 School           Class  Hometown             GPA  Major
Punter         Steven Clark         Auburn             Gr.  Kansas City, Mo.     3.70 Exercise Science
Quarterback    Aaron Murray         Georgia            Gr.  Tampa, Fla.          3.30 Psychology/Master's/PHD in Psychology
Receiver       Damiere Byrd         South Carolina     Jr.  Sicklerville, N.J.   3.59 Sport & Entertainment Management
Receiver       Niccolo Mastromatteo Coastal Carolina   Sr.  Ortonville, Mich.    3.94 Philosphy
Tight End      Rush Hendricks       South Alabama      Jr.  Jay, Fla.            4.00 Exercise Science
Offensive Line Will Jackson         Georgia Tech       Gr.  Knoxville, Tenn.     3.58 Business Administration
Offensive Line Chris Burnette       Georgia            Gr.  LaGrange, Ga.        3.30 Finance/Master's of Business Admin.
Offensive Line Arie Kouandjio       Alabama            Jr.  Hyattsville, Md.     3.46 Finance
Offensive Line Rashard Brown        Bethune-Cookman    Sr.  Kissimmee, Fla.      3.86 History
Offensive Line Max Holcombe         Jacksonville State Jr.  Tuscaloosa, Ala.     3.72 Exercise Science
Offensive Line Garrett Frye         Georgia Southern   Jr.  Cumming, Ga.         3.71 Exercise Science
Kicker         Marshall Morgan      Georgia            So.  Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 3.32 Business
Defensive Back Brandon McCladdie    The Citadel        Gr.  Martinez, Ga.        3.60 Health, Exercise and Sport Science
Defensive Back Connor Norman        Georgia            Sr.  Duluth, Ga.          3.72 Exercise & Sports Science
Defensive Back James Zotto          Wofford            Sr.  Libertyville, Ill.   3.65 Biology
Defensive Back Trent Fisher         Auburn             Jr.  Nashville, Tenn.     3.73 Communication
Linebacker     Kevin Thomas         Wofford            Jr.  Mills River, NC      3.48 Accounting
Linebacker     Nesly Marcellon      Bethune-Cookman    Sr.  Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 3.58 Business Administration, Accounting
Linebacker     Bobby Wilson         Samford            So.  Shelbyville, Tenn.   3.40 Marketing
Defensive Line Jeremy Towns         Samford            Sr.  Dolomite, Ala.       3.85 Sports Medicine
Defensive Line Edward Mosley        Alabama State      Jr.  Atlanta, Ga.         3.84 Marketing
Defensive Line Aaron Riley          Jacksonville       Sr.  Jacksonville, Fla.   3.62 Sociology
Defensive Line Jeffery Salley       Coastal Carolina   Sr.  Bamberg, S.C.        3.58 Computer Science 



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