St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 13, 2017 – Washington University in St. Louis senior defensive lineman Garris Goe and junior center Hank Michalski were selected to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division III Football Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Goe was a first-team selection, while Michalski was named to the second team. Goe is just the fourth player in program history to earn first-team honors. WashU football has had 11 student-athletes earn Academic All-America honors in the 121-year history of the program.
"Garris and Hank are two great representatives of the Washington University student-athlete," said WashU head football coach Larry Kindbom. "Both are top players and great people."
A three-time Academic All-University Athletic Association (UAA) and CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, Goe has a 3.99 grade point average while majoring in economics and strategy.
He started eight of nine games played in 2017 and had 15 tackles, one sack and an interception. Goe recorded a tackle in all nine games, and notched his first career interception vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater. He was a second-team all-UAA honoree in 2015, and finished his career with 106 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks.
"Garris has been a stalwart on our defensive front over the last four years," commented Kindbom. "His high motor on the field has been his calling card. His leadership ability was recognized by his peers when they elected him as a captain."
A two-time Academic All-UAA and a 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, Michalski has a 3.85 GPA while majoring in finance, economics and strategy.
He started all nine games at center for WashU in 2017. The Bears' offense averaged 27.2 points and 390.4 yards per game, and scored 20 or more points in eight of nine games played. WashU also led the UAA in passing offense (274.8). A two-time Academic all-UAA selection, Michalski has a 3.85 GPA while majoring in Finance, Economics & Strategy.
"Hank helped direct the offensive traffic with his center play, and played nearly every snap this past year. He is a leader as well," Kindbom added.
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.