St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 29, 2016 – Washington University in St. Louis senior running back Austin Smestad was selected to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division III Football Second Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Smestad is the ninth individual in WashU football history to earn Academic All-America honors. He has a 3.94 grade point average while majoring in chemical engineering.
He earned first-team all-University Athletic Association (UAA) and second0team all-Southern Athletic Association (SAA) honors in 2016 after starting all 11 games in the backfield. Smestad led the team and ranked fourth in the SAA with 828 rushing yards, and was also third in the league with 13 rushing TDs. He also tied the WashU single-season school record with 15 total touchdowns.
Smestad ran for career-high 197 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-46 win vs. Hendrix on Senior Day Nov. 5. He was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week on Sept. 27 after rushing for 169 yards and three TDs in a 36-21 win at Birmingham Southern.
A three-time Academic all-UAA and CoSIDA Academic all-District selection, Smestad finished his four-year career ranked seventh in rushing yards (1,860) and 10th in scoring (150 points).
"Austin has had a great career at Washington University in both the academic and athletic arenas. His road to achievement in the chemical engineering world while playing collegiate football is a model for our student-athletes.," said head coach Larry Kindbom. "He competes and collaborates with his peers, a representation of what Washington University is all about on the field and in the classroom."
In order to be selected to the Academic All-America team, a student-athlete must possess at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA, and be at least a sophomore in academic and athletic standing.