Dec. 8, 2011
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina senior safety Marcus Lott has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America® Division I football second team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Lott, the 2011 Big South Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year, carries a career grade point average of 3.91 and qualified for the Academic All-America squad after being voted to the first team Capital One Academic All-Region 4 earlier this fall.
Lott (Union, S.C.) joins Josh Hoke (2005 and '06) as the only Chanticleers to make the prestigious Academic All-America squad, which includes all football players from across the country in both the FBS and FCS Division I subdivisions such a Heisman hopefuls Andrew Luck (Stanford) and Robert Griffin (Baylor). Also making the team was Liberty wide receiver Pat Kelly, marking the first time two football players from the Big South were voted Academic All-America in the same season.
Lott, a two-time Academic All-Big South honoree, is studying middle level education and wants to serve as a principal when his playing days are over. Lott has only made five "B's" in his academic career, with three of those being B-pluses.
Lott had started 31 consecutive contests, dating back to his freshman season, and played in every CCU contest since his true freshman year until missing the Gardner-Webb and Stony Brook games this season due to injury. Lott injured his wrist at Liberty and would later require surgery. Despite the injury, Lott had a game-high 10 tackles versus the Flames, including a tackle for loss, while adding a forced fumble and pass break up. The 10 stops were additionally his second-best, single-game total in his career.
Lott returned to the lineup ahead of schedule, starting for Senior Day in the Chanticleers' 15-8 in over Presbyterian. Playing only in the first half before re-aggravating the injury, Lott had four tackles, including a tackle or loss. He also started the final two games of the season but ultimately saw limited action due to the injury, getting four tackles in a win at Charleston Southern and a tackle for loss in his final game as a Chant in the win at Western Carolina.
Despite missing two games, Lott ranked fifth on the team in tackles (41). He added four pass breakups and 4.0 TFL for the season. In the season opener, Lott had five tackles and a key blocked field goal, helping Coastal defeat Furman 30-23.
For his career, Lott played in 44 games, getting 35 starts. He ranks fourth on the CCU all-time list for pass breakups (17), eighth in interceptions (5), sixth in unassisted tackles (112) and ninth in total tackles (184).
Including Lott, 28 Chanticleers have earned 35 Academic All-America honors since the 1978-79 season.
Coastal Carolina University's Academic All-Americas
1978-79: Men's Basketball - Dennis Casey (7th Team)
1981-82: Men's Golf - Dale Zeglin (NAIA)
1993-94: Softball - Sara Graziano - Infielder (1st Team)
1995-96: Men's At-Large - Tomas Malik - Men's Tennis (1st Team)
1996-97: Men's At-Large - Tomas Malik - Men's Tennis (1st Team); Women's At-Large - Angela Murphy - Track & Field (1st Team)
1998-99: Women's At-Large - Jolene Williams - Track & Field (3rd Team)
2000-01: Women's Volleyball - Jeanne Lambert - Outside Hitter (1st Team); Softball - Sarah Lockett - Infielder (1st Team); Softball - Kristie Pulchinski - Designated Player (3rd Team)
2001-02: Women's Track & Field/Cross Country - Kara Koppel (2nd Team)
2002-03: Women's Track & Field/Cross Country - Kara Koppel (1st Team)
2003-04: Men's Soccer - Joseph Ngwenya - Forward (1st Team); Men's Track & Field/Cross Country - Keith Garramone (2nd Team); Men's Track & Field/Cross Country - Terah Kipchiris (2nd Team); Women's At-Large - Marie Matrka - Women's Tennis (3rd Team)
2004-05: Women's At-Large - Marie Matrka - Women's Tennis (1st Team); Women's At-Large - Line Cordes - Women's Golf (2nd Team)
2005-06: Football - Josh Hoke- Kicker (1st Team); Softball - Meagen Johnson - Utility/Designated Hitter (1st Team)
2006-07: Football - Josh Hoke- Kicker (1st Team); Men's Soccer - Kevin Van Den Berg - Forward (3rd Team); Men's Basketball - Jack Leasure (2nd Team); Men's At-Large - Richard Redding - Men's Tennis (3rd Team)
2007-08: Women's Soccer - Ashleigh Gunning - Midfielder (2nd Team); Men's Basketball - Jack Leasure (1st Team); Women's Track & Field/Cross Country - Felicitas Mensing (2nd Team); Women's Track & Field/Cross Country - Marcie Veitch (3rd Team)
2008-09: Women's Soccer - Ashleigh Gunning - Forward (2nd Team); Women's Soccer - Emily McColl - Midfielder (3rd Team); Women's Track & Field/Cross Country - Marcie Veitch (3rd Team)
2009-10: Baseball - Austin Fleet - Pitcher (1st Team); Volleyball - Jill Nyhof (2nd Team); Women's Basketball - Amanda Stull (3rd Team)
2011-12: Football - Marcus Lott - Safety (2nd Team)