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Football trio lands on Academic All-District squad

(L-R) Andrew Zellers, David Weimar, Ben Cross
(L-R) Andrew Zellers, David Weimar, Ben Cross

GRANVILLE, Ohio—The awards keep rolling in for Denison football.  On Thursday, the Google Cloud Academic All-District® teams were announced, and the Big Red landed three athletes on the first team.  Senior wide receiver David Weimar, junior defensive end Ben Cross and junior center Andrew Zellers all advance to the national ballot for a chance to be named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® team.

For Weimar, this marks the third time in his career he has earned Google Cloud Academic All-District® accolades.  The Pickerington, Ohio native is majoring in biochemistry and boasts a GPA of 3.82.  He leads Denison with 654 yards receiving and 45 receptions. Weimar ranks fifth all-time at Denison with 2,142 receiving yards.  He needs one touchdown catch to move into a tie for second place, all-time.  Weimar was a second-team All-NCAC pick in 2016 and 2018.

Ben Cross has started all 10 games at defensive end and has totaled 24 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss this season.  A native of Leesburg, Virginia, Cross has a 3.90 GPA while majoring in philosophy, politics & economics.  He is the president of the Denison Student-Athlete Advisory Council and volunteers with Big Brothers-Big Sisters.

Zellers has started all 30 games in his career on the Big Red's offensive line.  He is a two-time All-NCAC honorable mention selection who is majoring in economics.  Zellers carries a 3.76 grade point average and along with Weimar and Cross, the trio was recognized at Denison's Top-50 Student-Athlete Honors Celebration.

Denison University ranks among the leaders in NCAA Division III with 89 Google Cloud Academic All-America® selections. Created in 1952 by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the Google Cloud Academic All-America® program is a premier, nationwide college scholar-athlete awards program. It recognizes over 800 outstanding student-athletes annually in Division I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.