HOUGHTON, Mich. — Michigan Tech football players Tim Schmalz (Shawano, Wis.) and Phil Milbrath (Norway, Mich.) have earned ESPN College Division Academic All-District IV honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Schmalz was named to the All-District First Team, while Milbrath earned a spot on the All-District
The ESPN Academic All-District teams are nominated and voted upon by the nation\’s sports information directors. To be eligible, student-athletes must have a 3.30 cumulative grade point average or higher and not be in their first year at their institution. District IV in the college division includes all non-Division I football student-athletes from schools in the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
Schmalz has started seven games this season at fullback. He has carried the ball six times for a net of five yards and two touchdowns. The 6-1, 235-pound senior owns a 3.87 grade point average in computer and electrical engineering.
Milbrath is the nation\’s second-leading rusher at 158 yards per game. He also leads the country in all-purpose yardage (204 per game) and is second in scoring (12.0 points per game). A 5-9, 200-pound senior, Milbrath owns a 3.33 grade point average in exercise science.
As a member of the all-district first team, Schmalz moves on to the national ballot for the possibility of being named to the Academic All-America Team.
Tech has had 17 Academic All-Americans in its 88-year football history. The most recent was wide receiver Keith White in 2008.