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Villanova football LB Don Cherry wins top CAA Football Academic honors

The Villanova starting linebacker was honored for his off-the-field successes in the classroom.


In case you were wondering, Villanova Wildcats starting linebacker Don Cherry majors in finance and carries a cumulative 3.38 GPA. He has found himself on Villanova's Dean's List three times and was named the Villanova Student-Athlete of the Month in December. Those academic credentials have helped to earn him a spot on the 2014 CAA Football Academic All-Conference team, the league announced.

Among the conference honorees -- a list of 205 CAA football players -- Cherry was voted the 2014 Student-Athlete of the year.

"Don Cherry is the epitome of what a student-athlete should be," said Villanova head coach Andy Talley. "He is a true All-American who is very deserving of this honor."

Cherry was joined by quarterback John Robertson as one of just 10 members of the 2014 All-CAA First Team to be named Academic All-Conference. Student-athletes who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible for the league's academic honors, and selection of the Student-Athlete of the Year award is conducted by a vote of the league members' media relations directors.

Twenty Wildcats were selected for academic honors by the conference. The other Villanova honorees included: WR Anthony DeCamillo; DB Cameron McCurry; QB Chris Polony; TE Doug Turrell; WR Jacob Gribb; OL Jake Prus; P John Hinchen; WR Kevin Gulyas; DB Matt McCann; TE/LS Morgan Craig; OL Peter Sotiriou; DB Robert Rolle; OL Ross Hall; TE Ryan Morris; K Steve Weyler; LB T.J. White; DL Tanoh Kpassagnon; and LB Travis Clark.

Villanova tied with James Madison for the third most Academic All-Conference selections, behind Delaware (28) and New Hampshire (23).