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Three Middlebury football players named Academic All-Americans

Ling Zhou of Cranbury, N.J.

Ling Zhou of Cranbury, N.J. Middlebury College photo

— Middlebury College football players Matthew Crimmins (Mendham, N.J.), James Tilson (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and Ling Zhou (Cranbury, N.J.) have been named District I First-Team Academic All-Americans by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). The pair helped the Panthers to a second place finish in the NESCAC, ending with a 7-1 mark.

Crimmins is an economics major at Middlebury with a 3.60 GPA. The junior linebacker finished the season seventh on the team with 27 tackles, 15 of them solo. He also had two tackles for lost yardage while recovering and forcing a fumble. Crimmins had tackles in every game this season with a season-best six in an October 13th win at Williams. He now owns 49 tackles in 16 games at Middlebury.

Tilson is majoring in economics at Middlebury, owning a GPA of 3.70. The starting defensive lineman ended the season sixth on the team with 30 tackles this season, 20 of them solo.

He was second in ’12 with 4.5 tackles for lost yardage, forcing a fumble and recovering another. He ends his career at Middlebury with 52 tackles, seven of them for lost yardage.

Zhou is a senior mathematics majors at Middlebury with a 3.62 GPA. The starting right guard was part of one of the nation’s best offensive lines in ’12. The team ranked 12th nationally with just .63 sacks allowed/game, while protecting a passing game that was third in the nation with 371.38 yards/contest.

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