The Valparaiso football team was well-represented Wednesday when the Pioneer Football League released its Academic All-PFL Teams.
Redshirt sophomore Brian Lang (Chicago, Ill./Marist) was elected to the First Team thanks to a 3.94 grade point average. The accounting major was a Second Team recipient last season after helping the Crusader offensive line lead the nation in fewest sacks allowed per game (0.42). Lang started in nine of Valpo's ten games in 2015.
Alex Green (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville Community) received Second Team accolades one day after earning a spot on the All-PFL First Team. Green, a mechanical engineering major, led the PFL in tackles per game at 11.7. The senior linebacker sports a 3.43 GPA. Green was a First Team Academic All-PFL selection in both 2013 and 2014.
Green joins fellow mechanical engineering major John Guilford (Spencer, Ohio/Black River) on the Second Team. Guilford amassed 12.0 tackles for a loss this past season while maintaining a 3.36 grade point average in the classroom. The defensive end was a Second Team Academic All-PFL honoree in 2014.
Special teams standout Jarrett Morgan (Cooper City, Fla./Cooper City) also made the Academic All-PFL Second Team. Morgan, who handled 35 kickoff returns for 790 yards, recorded the game-tying touchdown at Davidson via an 89-yard kickoff return. The sophomore is a sports management major with a 3.33 grade point average.
Dayton's Christopher Beaschler and Butler's Matt Shiltz were named Co-Scholar Athletes of the Year.
To be eligible for Academic All-PFL honors, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, possess at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average, and be in their second year at their current institution.