Jan. 24, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - Six UC Davis football players were honored on Friday for their outstanding work in the classroom by being named to the Big Sky Fall All-Academic team, it was announced by the conference.
Defensive back Jabari Howard, defensive tackle Anthony Kaspar, running back Gabe Manzanares, tight end Mark Martindale, offensive lineman Chris Schneider and fullback Dalton Turay each received the recognition.
Howard, Kaspar, Martindale and Turay are each repeat honorees.
To be eligible, student-athletes needed at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale), played in at least half of the games and completed at least one term at their current Big Sky institution.
Howard, a junior from Valencia, Calif., saw action in 11 games this past season while posting five tackles. He's majoring in communication. Kaspar was a key contributor on the defensive line, finishing with 48 tackles including 2.5 sacks. The senior from Dana Point, Calif., is majoring in food science.
Manzanares made a big impression both on and off the field in his first year with the Aggies. The junior transfer from San Francisco who is majoring in economics rushed for 1,285 yards during the fall while scoring 10 touchdowns. He was named Newcomer of the Year from the Big Sky.
Martindale, a junior from Laguna Hills, Calif., is majoring in biological sciences. On the field, he finished with 13 catches for 74 yards in 11 games. Schneider jumped right into action during his freshman season, starting at offensive tackle. The freshman from Glendora, Calif., has not yet declared a major.
Turay earned his second straight academic award from the Big Sky after highlighting his year with 13 receptions for 159 yards and a touchdown. The preseason All-Big Sky selection is a junior from Pleasanton and is majoring in managerial economics.
A total of 486 student-athletes across the league's fall sports offerings earned distinction on the team.