DiFranco Gains Academic All-America Status

DiFranco Gains Academic All-America Status

Albion College center Andrew DiFranco has been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division III Football team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

He was a first team pick.

An accounting major who is concentrating in Albion's Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management, DiFranco boasts a 3.86 grade point average. A participant in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program which prepares tax returns for the Albion community, he completed an internship with Ernst & Young during the 2016 spring semester.

On the football field, the senior from Warren, Mich., who prepped at De La Salle High School was a three-year starter for the Britons, achieving all-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association status twice (a first team pick in 2015 and a second team selection in 2014).

"This award ranks very high on my list of academic achievements," DiFranco said. "It is truly an honor to be recognized amongst the best scholar-athletes in the entire country. Achieving this distinction means very much to me as I feel like it is the culmination of many years of hard work. To finish my career with an award like this means the world to me because it reinforces my belief that hard work will always pay off in the end."

DiFranco is the second Albion student-athlete to achieve CoSIDA Academic All-America distinction this semester. Andrew Prince was selected to the third team in men's soccer.