Dayton’s Jake Chisholm repeats as unanimous PFL Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
by Cody Bush, PFL Media Relations

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – For the second consecutive season, 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 50 student-athletes named to the 30th Academic All-PFL teams, announced Wednesday.

Chisholm, of Union, Kentucky, also was a unanimous First Team Academic All-PFL selection for the third time and was a First Team All-PFL pick as a running back. A pre-medicine major with minors in Chemistry, Biology, and Medicine in Society, he has a 3.98 grade-point average. Chisholm also is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-America© honoree and is again a nominee in 2022 after earning Academic All-District honors earlier this month.

On the field, Chisholm became the first Dayton athlete to record 1,000 rushing yards three times, finishing 2022 as one of 25 running backs to record 1,000 yards during the regular season. He ranked 18th in the FCS with 1,064 rushing yards, fourth in total touchdowns (17), eighth in rushing touchdowns (13), and seventh in scoring (7.3 points per game. Chisholm has amassed 3,276 net rushing yards, 5,603 all-purpose yards, and 47 touchdowns scored in four seasons.

Off the field, Chisholm has volunteered 99 hours with the Hospital Elder Life Program, working to prevent hospital delirium in the elderly population. He has also participated in the “Rebuilding Together Dayton” clean-up efforts and is a volunteer and registered donor with the Be the Match bone marrow registry.  On campus, he is a participant in Christmas On Campus, which brings underserved youth to campus just before winter break to give them a good start to a good Christmas.  He also joins the football team in its “Blue Crew” efforts to help Dayton freshmen move into their dorms at the beginning of the school year.

Chisholm is one of three PFL student-athletes to earn their third First-Team Academic All-PFL recognition this season. Butler offensive lineman Bryan Bystol, Morehead State offensive lineman Cam Marriott, Valparaiso offensive lineman Bradyn Oakley, and San Diego kicker Brandon Eickert earned their third first-team academic honor in 2022.

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.

2022 Academic All-Pioneer Football League First Team

(as selected by PFL athletics communications directors)
Student-Athlete School Class. Pos GPA Major


Bryan Bystol (3x, 1) Butler RJr. OL 4.00 Middle/Secondary Education
Jake Chisholm (U, 3x, 1) Dayton Sr. RB 3.98 Pre-Med
Cam Marriott (3x, 1) Morehead State Sr. Ol 3.85 Political Science
Bradyn Oakley (2) Davidson Sr. SLOT 3.90 Psychology
Drew Parrish (3x, 1) Valparaiso RJr. OL 3.98 Electrical Engineering
Alec Rasmussen St. Thomas So. OL 3.89 Financial Management
Colton Ruhland (U, 1) Butler RSr. OL 3.94 Computer Science
Cade Sexauer (2) St. Thomas Sr. QB 3.64 Mechanical Engineering
Jaxsen Spears (1) Morehead State So. OL 4.00 Accounting
David Tkatch (1) Dayton Sr. OL 3.88 Finance
Derek Willits Dayton Sr. WR 3.97 Biochemistry


Mike Arrington Marist Grad. LB 3.50 Master’s: Integrated Marketing Communication
Seth Bickett (1) St. Thomas Sr. DL 3.98 Actuarial Science
Jonathan Bunce (2) St. Thomas So. LB 3.93 Finance and Operations / Supply Chain Management
Sam Hafner Valparaiso RSo. DL 3.80 Biology
Mykee Irving San Diego Grad. DT 3.83 Leadership Studies
Kurt Kessen (1) Valparaiso Jr. DL 3.99 Mechanical Engineering
Ryan Kriceri Drake Grad. LB 4.00 MBA
Brent Robley St. Thomas Sr. DL 3.88 Biology
Ben Schmiesing (1) Dayton Grad. LB 3.98 Business Administration
Elijah Smith (2) Dayton Sr. DB 3.98 Business Management
Jack Wiese Davidson Jr. LB 4.00 Psychology


Brandon Eickert (3x, 1) San Diego Sr. K 3.89 Electrical Engineering / Physics
Alexander Donald Davidson Sr. P 3.79 Computer Science
Drew Nieman Dayton Sr. P 3.81 Mechanical Engineering
Notes in parentheses: U-Unanimous First Team selection; 1-was a first-team selection in 2021; 2-was a second-team selection in 2021; 3x-is a three-time First-Team Academic All-PFL selection.

2022 Academic All-Pioneer Football League Second Team

Student-Athlete School Class Pos. GPA Major


Michael Appel Jr. Valparaiso RFr. QB 3.74 Computer Engineering
Cade Beam Dayton So. HB 4.00 Finance
Aaron Byrd Valparaiso RSr. OL 3.48 Biomechanical Engineering
Michael Carner San Diego Sr. WR 3.49 Finance
Judd Erickson San Diego Grad. QB 3.78 Leadership Studies
Jimmy Ghilardi San Diego Sr. OL 3.74 Sociology
Rhyle Hanson San Diego RJr. RB 3.75 Environment & Ocean Sciences
Colin Howard Drake Sr. WR 3.73 Management & Organizational Leadership / Economics
Re-al Mitchell San Diego Grad. RB 3.78 Leadership Studies
Dylan Sparks Davidson Sr. RB 3.34 Computer Science
Maxwell Weaver Davidson So. WR 3.93 Undecided


Garrett Carney San Diego Jr. LB 3.80 Computer Science
Finn Claypool Drake RFr. DL 3.36 Business Law
James Doerer Valparaiso RSo. LB 3.78 Communication
Luke Glenna St. Thomas Sr. DB 3.45 Business Management
Keegan Halloran Presbyterian RJr. DB 3.57 Physics
Jonathan Hammond Davidson Jr. DL 3.35 Communication Studies
Eric Haney San Diego Jr. CB 3.64 Mechanical Engineering
Joshua Hong San Diego Sr. SAF 3.71 Psychology
Joey Lukrich Drake Sr. DB 3.81 Finance
Connor Reid Butler RSr. DB 3.56 Finance
Grif Wurtz St. Thomas Jr. DB 3.79 Economics


Shane Dunning Drake Jr. P 3.76 Management & Organizational Leadership / Marketing
Brady McKnight Morehead State So. LS 3.78 Animal Science
Luka Zurak Butler RJr. K/P 3.50 Economics