Four Football Players Named to Co-SIDA/Capital One Academic All-District Team


Montclair, NJ (11/11/10) - The College Sports Information Directors of America, in conjunction with Capital One, released their 2011 All-District Teams with Montclair State landing four players on the Division III, District 2 Team.

Senior quarterback Tom Fischer (Livingston, NJ / Livingston) along with offensive linemen Dan Litz (South River, NJ / South River) and Doug Pannone (Barnegat, NJ / Southern Regional) and cornerback Andrey Green (East Orange, NJ / East Orange).

All District Team selections are now eligible for the All-America Team, which is expected to be announced at a later date. To be eligibile for selection, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and be a starter or significant reserve.

The four players have helped the Red Hawks to an 8-1 record this season, including a 7-1 mark in NJAC play as Montclair is currently tied for first with Kean University. The two will meet for the conference title at Sprague Field on Saturday.

Fischer earns his second award in as many seasons. He led MSU to 5-0 start and No. 7 ranking before being injured against Cortland on October 8. A six-time Dean' List student, Fischer, a History Education major, moved into third place on the all-time Montclair State list this season for completions (503), yards (6,673) and TD passes (50). An active member of TALON, Fischer was also inducted into the National Student Athlete Honor Society in April.

Litz, a three-year starter at right guard, and two-year starter Pannone have been part of an MSU offensive line this season that has allowed just 11 sacks through the first nine games. Both named to the NJAC All-Academic Team in 2011, Litz (Business Administration) and Pannone (Political Science) have helped MSU rank among the top offensive teams in the Red Hawks are averaging 29 poijnts and 370 yards of offense per contest.

Green, a Math Education major, has collected 33 tackles this season, including three sacks and five pass breakups. He is a five-time Dean's List member and was also part of the 2011 NJAC All-Academic Team and an inductee into National Student-Athlete Honor Society.