WAYNE – A pair of Wayne State College football teammates have made program history with multiple Academic All-Americans in the same season.
According to a release from the Wayne State Athletics office, senior placekicker Ethan Knudson and senior defensive end Kolbie Foster were named to the 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-America Football Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Knudson collected First Team honors while Foster is Wayne State’s first-ever repeat Academic All-American receiving Second Team honors.
The team recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom.
Knudson, a 6-3, 185-pounder from Harlan, Iowa (Harlan HS), is the first Wildcat to be named First Team Academic All-American since linebacker Luke Hoffman in 2008 and carries a 3.92 grade point average majoring in industrial technology and construction management.
On the field this season, Knudson made 12-14 field goals and 28-29 PAT kicks for the Wildcats to earn All-NSIC South Division honorable mention for the second time in his Wildcat career (2016). He was fourth in the NSIC in field goals made and seventh in kicking points and was tied with Luke Williams of Minnesota State for the fewest missed kicks in the NSIC this season (three).
Knudson became Wayne State’s all-time field goal leader this season (38-49) and finished second in career kicking points with 226.
Foster, a 6-4 220 pound senior defensive end from Omaha (Omaha Central HS), is a Second Team Academic All-American for the second straight season and maintains a 3.82 grade point average majoring in family consumer science and fashion merchandising. On the field this year, Foster was limited to six games due to injury and recorded 17 tackles with three tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks for seven yards and two quarterback hurries.
Last season, Foster earned All-NSIC South Division Honorable Mention accolades after finishing third on the team in tackles with 52 that included 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He went on to be named Google Cloud Academic All-American Second Team with a 3.77 GPA.
The Wayne State College football team finished the 2019 season with a record of 4-7 overall and 2-5 in the NSIC South Division.