FRANKLIN, Ind. - Franklin College junior guard Matthew Anderson was recognized for his hard work on the field and in the classroom on Friday (Nov. 16), when he was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District VII team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Grizzlies' starting right guard for all 10 games in 2018, Anderson played a vital role in helping the Grizzlies rank first in the nation in yards per game with 558.3. The Indianapolis, Ind.-native helped the Grizzlies average 43.7 points per game, 333.2 passing yards and 225.1 rushing yards per game, all top marks in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
A math education major with a 3.83 grade point average, Anderson has been a two-year starter for the Grizzlies since transferring from Tiffin University prior to the 2017 season. Earlier this week, Anderson earned First Team All-HCAC honors, his first career all-conference award. He moves on to the national ballot, where voting will be held in the coming weeks for First-, Second- and Third-Team Academic All-America teams.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.