DAVIS, Calif. -- A key member of a stingy UC Davis defense on the field, senior defender Brian Ford was honored for his performance off of it in the classroom on Thursday as one of 11 student-athletes named to the Capital One Academic All-District VIII men's soccer team.
Ford, a neurobiology, physiology and behavior major, is now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, which will be announced in late November. He becomes the ninth different Aggie to earn all-district honors and the first since Mustafa Chopan was named a second team Academic All-American in 2012.
The Aggies' Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year and an academic all-conference selection as a junior in 2013, Ford has been a stalwart on the UC Davis back line, earning conference defensive player of the week honors on Oct. 20 following a 1-0 shutout of UC Santa Barbara and ranked as the eighth best player in the Big West at midseason according to Top Drawer Soccer.
Ford has helped lead a defense that has allowed just 10 goals in 17 matches thus far this season, entering the week ranked among the nation's top 30 in three different categories. He is one of three Aggies to have started every match this season, taking three shots while spending a nation-leading 1,735 minutes on the field -- accounting for all but 20 of UC Davis 1,755 total minutes this season.
With the North Division title still up for grabs entering the final two matches of the regular season, the Aggies return home on Saturday (Nov. 1) at 1 p.m., welcoming Causeway rival Sacramento State to the Aggie Soccer Field. Ford, and five of his fellow seniors, will be honored as part of "Senior Day" festivities prior to kick off.
2014 DIVISION I CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT VIII TEAM
GK - Kendall McIntosh, Santa Clara, Jr.
MF - Max Oldham, California, Sr.
MF - Connor Hallisey, California, Sr.
MF - Grady Howe, UCLA, Jr.
D - Julian Ringhof, San Diego, Sr.
D - Kyle Mellies, UNLV, Sr.
D - Bryan Breslin, UC Irvine, Sr.
D - Brian Ford, UC Davis, Sr.
F - Omid Jalali, California, Sr.
F - Zach Batteer, Stanford, Sr.
F - Eric Verso, Stanford, Jr.
UC DAVIS ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA/ALL-DISTRICT HONOREES
1988 - Peter Nutson, Honorable Mention, adidas
1993 - Tom Amick, All-District VIII
1998 - Matt DeJong, All-District VIII
1999 - Matt DeJong, All-District VIII
2000 - Matt DeJong, All-District VIII
2002 - Derrick Thomas, All-District VIII First Team
2002 - Eli Carter, All-District VIII First Team
2003 - Johnny Yau, All-District VIII First Team
2008 - Dylan Curtis, Academic All-America Third Team
2009 - Mustafa Chopan, All-District VIII First Team
2011 - Mustafa Chopan, Academic All-America Third Team
2012 - Mustafa Chopan, Academic All-America Second Team
2014 - Brian Ford, All-District VIII