Dayton’s Christopher Beaschler named PFL Scholar-Athlete of the Year; leads 24th Annual Academic Teams
Dayton linebacker Christopher Beaschler's second Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor highlights this season's Academic All-PFL Teams.
Dayton linebacker Christopher Beaschler's second Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor highlights this season's Academic All-PFL Teams.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

SAINT LOUIS, Mo.– Dayton redshirt senior linebacker Christopher Beaschler earned his second consecutive Pioneer Football League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, leading a group of 53 student-athletes named to the 24th annual Academic All-PFL Teams, as selected by the league’s sports information directors.

Beaschler, of Ada, Ohio, is a mechanical engineering major who has amassed a 3.73 grade-point average during his Dayton career. In addition to being named the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year, he earned his third consecutive First-Team Academic All-PFL selection, becoming only the 37th student-athlete to accomplish that feat in the award’s 24 seasons.

Nationally, Beaschler was named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District Teams™ in October, less than a year after being named to that organization’s 2015 Academic All-America Teams©. Beaschler is a four-time Academic All-PFL selection and a four-time member of the league’s academic honor roll.

In addition to those honors, Beaschler is one of 16 finalists for the 2016 National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy. The trophy, sometimes referred to as “the Academic Heisman,” recognizes an individual as the top football scholar-athlete in the nation.

On the field, Beaschler has been Dayton’s leading tackler for each of the last three seasons, including his team best 88 tackles this season. He ranks fifth among FCS active career leaders in total tackles (384) and is third in solo tackles (11). This season, Beaschler also had 56 solo tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and three sacks.

In addition, 10 student-athletes appear as first-team honorees for a second consecutive year: Butler’s Sean Horan; the Dayton quartet of Jack Crain, Alex Jeske, Jimmy Vogel and Tucker Yinger; Drake’s Keegan Gallery; the San Diego duo of Devyn Bryant and Max Michaels; Stetson’s Davion Belk and Valparaiso’s Brian Lang.

The Academic All-PFL teams are a complement to the Capital One Academic All-America® program presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Thirteen PFL student-athletes were named to their respective Capital One Academic All-District Teams® this fall. The 2016 Capital One Academic All-America Teams® will be announced Thursday.

Pioneer Football League athletic directors established the Academic All-PFL squads in 1993 as a way to recognize the league’s outstanding student-athletes. To be eligible for Academic All-PFL consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and reached their second season both athletically and academically at his current institution.


2016 Academic All-Pioneer Football League First Team
(as selected by PFL sports information directors)
Student-Athlete School Class. Pos GPA Major (Minor)
Cord Collier Butler Jr. TE 3.90 Finance And Management Information Systems
Danny Cotter (2) Butler Sr. WR 3.71 Chemistry
Lawrence Dickens Marist Jr. WR 3.49 Business Administration: Finance
Keegan Gallery (1) Drake Sr.. WR 3.64 International Business
Alex Jeske (1) Dayton Jr. QB 3.82 Finance
Brian Lang (1) Valparaiso RJr. OL 3.89 Accounting
Anthony Lawrence San Diego So. QB 3.59 Accountancy
Aaron Melton Drake RSr. OL 3.46 Marketing/Informational Systems
Jake Raymond Morehead State Sr. SLOT 3.35 Engineering Technology
Brian Stryffeler Campbell RJr. OL 3.90 Exercise & Sports Science
Jimmy Vogel (1) Dayton Sr. OT 3.50 Mechanical Engineering
Tucker Yinger (1) Dayton Jr. RB 3.83 Mechanical Engineering
Christopher Beaschler (3, 1) Dayton Sr. LB 3.73 Mechanical Engineering
Davion Belk (1) Stetson Sr. DT 3.34 Marketing
Colt Briggs (2) Morehead State RJr. DL 3.77 Biomedical Science
Devyn Bryant (1) San Diego Sr. DB 3.54 Mechanical Engineering
Nathan Clayberg Drake Jr. DL 4.00 Accounting/Finance
Jack Crain (1) Dayton Sr. LB 3.89 Accounting
Tanner Evans Drake Sr. DL 3.84 Finance/Politics
Sean Horan (1) Butler Sr. LB 3.93 Economics & Mechanical Engineering
David Leisring Dayton So. S 3.94 Finance (Accounting)
Max Michaels (1) San Diego Jr. DB 3.93 Accountancy
Alec Moreno (2) San Diego Jr. LB 3.67 Accountancy
Chris Apicella Marist Jr. LS 3.82 Business Administration: Finance & Economics
Mike Maccarone (2) Marist Sr. K/P 3.58 Business Administration: Finance
Willliam Will Dayton Sr. K 3.32 Finance
Notes in parentheses: 3x – player is a three-time first-team Academic All-PFL selection; 1-was a first-team selection in 2015; 2-was a second-team selection in 2015.


2016 Academic All-Pioneer Football League Second Team
Student-Athlete School Class Pos. GPA Major (Minor)
Gaven Defilippo Stetson So. QB 3.76 Sport Business/Marketing
Michael Demos Butler Sr. OL 3.37 Criminology And Sociology
Colby Dunn Drake Sr.. OL 3.47 Pharmacy
Wes Hegemann Dayton Jr. OG 3.58 Marketing
Duvante Lane Butler Jr. RB 3.47 Middle & Secondary Education
Grant Menard Drake Sr.. WR 3.63 Marketing
Jarrett Morgan Valparaiso Jr. RB 3.33 Sport Management
Ian Palin Dayton Sr. TE 3.52 Entrepreneurship
Justin Priest San Diego JR. WR 3.39 Finance
Jared Ruffing Dayton Jr. RB 3.46 Electrical Engineering
Pace Temple Butler So. WR 3.41 Marketing
Chad Burdo Butler Jr. DT 3.85 Finance
Mike Cerone Butler Sr. DB 3.60 Finance & Risk Management
Taylor Coleman Drake Sr. LB 3.76 Finance
Cameron Gibson Marist Sr. CB 3.36 Communication: Sports Communication & Public Relations
Mike Gray Dayton Sr. DE 3.32 Chemical Engineering
Chris Hagan Dayton Sr. S 3.51 Applied Mathematical Economics
Scott Miller Campbell RJr. LB 3.44 Exercise & Sports Science
Isaak Newhouse Butler Jr. DB/RS 3.50 Accounting
Connor Spencer San Diego So. DL 3.68 Electrical Engineering
Nick Surges Dayton Jr. DE 3.30 Business
Terry Wallen Drake Jr. DB 3.61 Finance
Mitchell Brown Campbell Jr. K 3.70 Biology (Pre-Med)
John Cook Davidson Sr. P/RB 3.39 Biology
Pat Disalvio Morehead State Sr. K/P 3.83 Biomedical Science
Isaak Newhouse Butler Jr. DB/RS 3.50 Accounting
Jake Simpson Valparaiso Jr. K 3.35 Psychology