Three Wildcats Earn Academic All-District Distinction
Nov. 9, 2009
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Three Villanova University football student-athletes have been named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA District II All-Academic Team. The three include senior linebacker Osayi Osunde (Bloomsburg, Pa.), junior quarterback Chris Whitney (Warminster, Pa.) and junior running back Angelo Babbaro (Canfield, Ohio).
The three were among 25 players named to the team, which is comprised of NCAA Division I players at both the FCS and FBS subdivision. To be eligible for the team, you must carry a 3.2 or better grade point average, be a starter or key reserve and be at least a sophomore in academic standing.
Osunde is currently enrolled in the Master's Degree program in Human Resource Development. He graduated last May with a Psychology degree. Osunde has started all nine games this year and currently ranks second on the team in tackles with 54 to go with 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks and one forced fumble. Osunde led Villanova in tackles in 2007 and 2008. As a sophomore in 2007 he was a third team All-CAA selection, before garnering first team All-CAA honors in 2008.
Whitney is an accounting major who has started all nine games and has led Villanova to an 8-1 record. He has completed 108-of-164 for 1,252 yards to go with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also leads the Wildcats in rushing with 569 yards on 127 carries (4.5 yards per rush) and two scores. Whitney ranks second in the CAA in passing efficiency and sixth in the rushing.
Babbaro is an economics major who sees playing time at running back and on special teams. This is the second straight year that Babbaro has earned this honor. He currently ranks fourth on the team in rushing with 152 yards on 27 carries (5.6 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. He also has 11 catches for 106 yards and one score.
Osunde, Whitney and Babbaro will now advance to the national ballot where they will be under consideration for national Academic All-American honors.