IRVING, Texas – Three American Athletic Conference football players have been chosen to the 2020-21 Academic All-America Division I football teams selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Cincinnati punter James Smith, SMU wide receiver Tyler Page and Navy special teams standout Kyle Gibbs were all second-team selections.
Smith completed his career as Cincinnati’s leading punter and as a four-time all-conference selection (first team in 2017 and 2018, second team in 2019 and 2020). He earned All-America status and was a finalist for the Ray Guy award in 2018. He averaged 43.6 yards per punt in his career.
Page saw action in nine games and made two starts in 2020 and finished fourth on the Mustangs with 616 all-purpose yards. He registered two 100-yard games (against Temple and Tulane) and was a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy as college football’s top scholar-athlete.
Gibbs served as Navy’s long-snapper in his first year of varsity action. He was the winner of Navy’s Cmdr. Ralph Sentmann Award, which honors the member of the graduating class from the football team with the highest ranking in academic order of merit.
COURTESY THE AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE