INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Butler Bulldogs landed nine student-athletes on the 2016 Academic All-Pioneer Football League Teams for their achievements both on the field and in the classroom. Of those nine Bulldogs selected, three earned first team honors while six were named to the second team.
Pioneer Football League athletic directors established the Academic All-PFL squads in 1993 as a way to recognize the league’s outstanding student-athletes. To be eligible for Academic All-PFL consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and reached their second season both athletically and academically at his current institution.
Redshirt junior TE Cord Collier was selected to the Academic All-PFL First Team. The tight end appeared in all 11 games, hauling in 19 catches for 204 yards while also helping to pave the way for Butler’s rushing attack. Collier was third on the team in touchdown receptions with three and accounted for the longest reception of the season (60 yards). This is Collier’s first appearance on an Academic All-PFL Team.
Redshirt senior WR Danny Cotter also earned Academic All-PFL First Team honors. The wide receiver was second on the team in receptions (37), yards (541) and touchdowns (4). Cotter was selected to the Academic All-PFL Second Team in 2015.
Redshirt senior LB Sean Horan is the lone Butler defensive representative on the Academic All-PFL First Team. The linebacker amassed 75 total tackles, seven tackles for a loss, and a forced fumble during the 2016 season. This is Horan’s second consecutive year on the Academic All-PFL First Team.
Redshirt senior OL Michael Demos was selected to the Academic All-PFL Second Team. The offensive lineman anchored a Butler line that averaged 171 rushing yards per game. This is the senior tri-captain’s first appearance on an Academic All-PFL Team.
Redshirt junior RB Duvante Lane also earned Academic All-PFL Second Team Honors. The running back gained 706 yards rushing on the season to go along with a team-leading nine rushing touchdowns. The back surpassed 100 rushing yards twice during the year — against Franklin and Valparaiso. This is Lane’s first appearance on an Academic All-PFL Team.
Sophomore WR Pace Temple was also selected to the Academic All-PFL Second Team. Temple led the Bulldogs in every receiving category and also put his name in the Butler record book. Temple’s 978 receiving yards on the season place him at sixth on Butler’s single season list. His 61 receptions rank him ninth on Butler’s single-season list. The sophomore also hauled in five touchdowns and eclipsed the 100-yard mark for receiving yards three different times. This is Temple’s first appearance on an Academic All-PFL Team.
Redshirt junior DL Chad Burdo was selected to the Academic All-PFL Second Team. The defensive lineman played in all 11 games and totaled five tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks on the season. This is Burdo’s second consecutive year on the Academic All-PFL Second Team.
Redshirt sophomore CB Mike Cerone also earned Academic All-PFL Second Team Honors. The defensive back accounted for 61 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss and snagged two interceptions. This will be Cerone’s first appearance on the Academic All-PFL Team.
Junior S Isaak Newhouse was another Bulldog selected to the Academic All-PFL Second Team. Newhouse earned the honors as both a defensive back and return specialist. As a defensive back, Newhouse had 43 total tackles, two tackles for a loss and two interceptions. As a return specialist, Newhouse returned 20 punts for 218-yards with a long of 39-yards. This is Newhouse’s second consecutive appearance on the Academic All-PFL Second Team.
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