CONWAY, S.C. Coastal Carolina football's Josh Hoke (Statesville, N.C./West Iredell) was named to ESPN The Magazine Football Academic All-American First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), announced by the organization. He is the first CCU athlete ever to earn the First Team honors twice in their career.
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 in scoring with 297 points and field goals with 40. This season, he helped CCU to a 9-2 record in the regular season, the teams third consecutive Big South title and the programs first berth in the NCAA Playoffs in just its fourth year of play. The 2006 Big South Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year, he had a streak of 85 consecutive PATs made, dating back to the 2005 season, snapped earlier this year, but he still has made 49-of-50 on the year. He finished third in Big South with 79 points after leading the league in scoring the last two years. Hoke has also been on the Presidents List academically (4.0 semester GPA) in eight of nine semesters and on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll three times.
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.