Sophomore defensive end Matt Milner became the first Capital One Academic All-America selection in program history.
Dec. 8, 2011
TOWSON, Md. – East Carolina sophomore defensive end Matt Milner has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team according to an announcement Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Milner, who maintains a perfect 4.0 grade-point average as a physics major, is one of just three sophomores selected and the lone Conference USA representative.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Milner becomes the first Academic All-America selection in the history of the Pirate football program. He is the second East Carolina student-athlete to be named an Academic All-America this fall as Jessica Abshire of women’s soccer was a second-team pick earlier this month. ECU has had one Academic All-America honoree every year since 2005, but this is the first with multiple selections since baseball’s Cliff Godwin and Sam Narron were tabbed in 2001.
Milner picked up his initial Capital One Academic All-District First Team selection and second Conference USA All-Academic Team award earlier this fall. The Raleigh native has earned a pair of C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medals and been placed on the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll twice. He was the football program’s Jerry T. Brooks Academic Achievement Award winner for the 2010 season and is a four-time ECU Chancellor’s List honoree.
Within the East Carolina chemistry department, Milner was one of the 2010 winners of the Merck General Chemistry Achievement Award, which is presented to the top students who have gone through the CHEM 1150/1160 General Chemistry Track. He was among six chosen from approximately 600 students based on grade-point average and results of the American Chemical Society's first semester general chemistry standardized exam.
On the field, Milner is a two-year starter who played in all 12 games during the 2011 campaign. He booked 37 tackles, the third most among Pirate linemen, including four stops for lost yardage and a half sack. During Conference USA action, he tallied 25 hits with eight solo tackles.
For his career, Milner has totaled 84 stops with 28 solo knockdowns. He has collected 11.0 TFL and 3.5 sacks in addition to six quarterback hurries, three fumble recoveries and two pass breakups.