Dayton’s Jake Chisholm named PFL Scholar-Athlete of the Year, leads 29th Annual Academic All-PFL Teams

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Pioneer Football League’s football communications directors named Dayton senior running back Jake Chisholm the league’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Wednesday, leading a group of 53 student-athletes named to the 29th Academic All-PFL teams, announced Wednesday.

Chisholm, of Union, Kentucky was a unanimous First Team Academic All-PFL selection and was a First Team All-PFL pick as both a running back and all-purpose back this season. A pre-medicine major – with minors in Chemistry, Biology, and Medicine – he owns a 3.98 grade-point average. Chisholm also is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America© honoree and is again a nominee is 2021 after earning Academic All-District honors earlier this month.

On the field, Chisholm is the FCS’ No. 2 all-purpose runner in 2021 averaging 163.90 all-purpose yards per game. He was ranked among the FCS Top 12 in rushing yards (1,033), rushing touchdowns (an FCS best 14), and rushing yards per game (103.3). Chisholm also tacked on 245 yards in kick returns, averaging 20.4 yards per return (54th in the FCS). He was one of 25 finalists for the Stats Perform FCS Walter Payton Award, presented annually to the subdivision’s offensive player of the year.

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, reach his second season academically, and played at least one full season at his current institution.

2021 Academic All-Pioneer Football League First Team

Student-Athlete School Class. Pos GPA Major
BJ Byrd (2) Morehead State Sr. WR 3.58 Strategic Communications
Bryan Bystol (1) Butler Jr OL 4.00 Middle/Secondary Education
Jake Chisholm (U) Dayton Jr. RB 3.98 Pre-Medicine
Jack Cook Dayton Sr. QB 3.35 Finance
Dylan Demaison Dayton So. OL 3.83 Mechanical Engineering
Bennett Dondoyano (1) San Diego RSr. WR 3.82 Finance And Marketing
Andrew Holderer Dayton Sr. TE 3.94 Pre-Dentistry
Cam Marriott (1) Morehead State Jr. OL 3.90 Political Science
Drew Parrish (1) Valparaiso RSo. OL 3.97 Electrical Engineering
Colton Ruhland Butler Jr OL 3.90 Computer Science
Jaxsen Spears Morehead State RFr. WR 4.00 Accounting
David Tkatch Dayton So. OL 3.86 Finance
Evan Annis (1) Valparaiso RSo. LB 3.74 Bioengineering
Cameron Barrett (1) Morehead State Sr. LB 3.80 Marketing
Seth Bickett St. Thomas Sr. DL 4.00 Actuarial Science
Ethan Hull Stetson RSo. LB 3.97 Accounting
Kama Kamaka (1) San Diego Sr. LB 3.60 Accountancy
Kurt Kessen Valparaiso So. DL 4.00 Mechanical Engineering
Jarrett Nagy Presbyterian Sr. LB 3.90 Physics And Medical Physics
Ben Schmiesing Dayton Grad. LB 3.95 Business
Colby Smith Presbyterian So. DB 4.00 English
Vaughn Taylor Jr. Morehead State Sr. DL 3.32 Sports Management
Preston Toner Morehead State RFr. LB 4.00 Exercise Science
Brandon Eickert (1) San Diego Jr. K 3.91 Electrical Engineering And Physics
Andrew Foster (2) Morehead State Grad. K/P 3.50
Sports Management (Master’s)
Ben Niesner (1) Valparaiso RSr. P 4.00
Sports Administration (Master’s)
Leadership In Sport
Notes in parentheses: U-Unanimous First Team selection; 1-was a first-team selection in 2020; 2-was a second-team selection in 2020.

2021 Academic All-Pioneer Football League Second Team

Student-Athlete School Class Pos. GPA Major
Aaron Byrd Valparaiso RJr. OL 3.42 Bioengineering
Michael Carner San Diego Sr. WR 3.45 Finance
Michael Gadinis San Diego RSr. TE 3.52 Real Estate And Finance
Rhyle Hanson San Diego RSo. RB 3.77 Environmental & Ocean Sciences
Ben Johnson Marist RJr. OL 3.68 Business Administration: Finance
Ben Nimz Valparaiso RJr. QB 3.60 Finance
Bradyn Oakley Davidson Jr. SLOT 3.90 Psychology
Nick Rice St. Thomas Sr. RB 3.67 Mathematics
Cade Sexauer St. Thomas Sr. QB 3.63 Mechanical Engineering
Eli Turner Jr. Davidson Sr. SLOT 3.55 Interdisciplinary Studies
Mickey Walker Presbyterian RFr. OL 4.00 Business Administration With Data Analytics Concentration
Cade Bishop Valparaiso RSr. DL 3.64 Actuarial Science
Noah Borgeson St. Thomas Sr. DL 3.93 Political Science
Jonathan Bunce St. Thomas So. LB 3.91 Business Administration
Nolan Defranco Stetson Gr. DE 3.83 MBA
Brandon Easterling Dayton Sr. S 3.46 Management Information Systems
Jonathan Hammond Davidson So. DL 3.37 Undecided
Jahleel Holmes Morehead State So. DL 4.00 Biology
Brent Robley St. Thomas Sr. DL 3.93 Biology
Alex Rogers Drake 5th Yr. DB 3.55 Data Analytics And Computer Science
Elijah Smith Dayton So. CB 3.96 Business Economics
Jack Wiese Davidson So. LB 4.00 Neuroscience
Vincent Winey Morehead State Sr. LB 3.40 English Education
Brady McKnight Morehead State So. LS 3.87 Agriculture Science
Danny Morales Drake Sr. DB 3.85 Health Sciences
Drew Nieman Dayton So. P 3.81 Mechanical Engineering
Evan Pritchard Davidson Sr. P 3.85 Physics