Nov. 1, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Mustafa Chopan and Brian Ford were named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District VIII men's soccer team, it was announced on Thursday by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Chopan earns a spot on the All-District Team for the third time in his career while Ford makes his debut on the squad in his first year of eligibility for the award.
The duo are the only players from Big West Conference institutions to earn the honor. They join student-athletes from UCLA, Stanford and San Diego, among others, on the Academic-All District VIII squad.
Chopan has started all 18 games for UC Davis as a defensive midfielder, playing all but 60 minutes of the 2012 season. With a 3.94 grade point average in his major of neurobiology, physiology and behavior, and ranks in the top 1.3 percent of his class of over 2,000 seniors in the College of Biological Sciences. A three-time Big West Conference Fall All-Academic selection, he was a top-10 finalist for the 2012 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award and was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America third team selection in 2011.
Ford, a sophomore out of Newport Beach, Calif., has likewise started all 18 games for UC Davis, manning the defense throughout the entire 2012 season. He has spent just six minutes on the sidelines while leading UC Davis to wins over then-No. 23 Tulsa and a season sweep of Big West Conference foe UC Santa Barbara. He assisted the tying goal in the 85th minute against San Francisco on Sept. 6 and scored his first career goal on Oct. 20 at Sacramento State, tying the game in the 60th minute.
Ford carries a 3.64 grade point average and is majoring in exercise biology.
Both players will now be placed on a national ballot for All-America consideration.