CONWAY, S.C. Coastal Carolina football's Josh Hoke (Statesville, N.C./West Iredell) and Brad Poston (Florence, S.C./Florence) were named to ESPN The Magazine Football Academic All-District First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), announced by the organization. The pair will move on to the ballot for Academic All-American, to be announced Nov. 30.
The senior kicker was a 2005 CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team selection and has been a I-AA Athletic Directors All-Academic Honoree the past two seasons. He currently carries a 3.98 grade-point average in communications. A two-time First Team All-Big South kicker as well as All-Eastern Region selection, he is the Big South Conference's all-time leader with 262 points and 37 field goals. He had a streak of 85 consecutive PATs made, dating back to the 2005 season, snapped earlier this year, but he still has made 36-of-37 on the year. He earned his first Big South Special Teams Player of the Week this past week after scoring a season-high 12 points on 9-of-9 point after attempts and hitting his ony field goal try in the win over Savannah State. He converted a career-best four field goals in season opener against Elon and is currently tied for second in Big South with 60 points after leading the league in scoring the last two years.
A four-year starter on the offensive line (originally a walk-on), Poston has started all 42 games in his career, the only player at CCU to do that. He has been a mainstay for a team that has gone 32-10 in its first 40 games and been ranked in the top 25 the last three years. He has started all nine games this year and graded out at 70 percent or better in all games on a line that has helped produce 454.4 yards per game of total offense (2nd in I-AA) and is fifth in passing offense (271.9 ypg). A First Team All-Big South honoree in 2005 after second team honors in 2004, he has a 3.87 grade-point average in management and has been a member of the Dean's List and Big South Presidential Honor Roll member.
Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America; a 2,000-member organization consisted of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.