Troisi, O'Donnell earn District 1 football academic honors

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College football players Brandon Troisi (Lynnfield, Mass.) and David O'Donnell (Kensington, N.H.) were both named to the 2018 Academic All-District I Football Team on Thursday.

Troisi (top) was one of five offensive lineman selected to the team, while O'Donnell was among the four defensive lineman selected. District I is all NCAA Division III schools in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
 
"This is exciting news for the Colby football program. Brandon and DJ have set a standard of excellence in the classroom for all of our student-athletes," Colby head coach Jack Cosgrove said. "We are all very proud of Brandon as a repeat member and have full confidence in DJ that he follows that path as he represents his fellow Mules."
 
Troisi and O'Donnell were two of six New England Small College Athletic Conference players selected to the team. 
 
Troisi, who earned the District I academic honor for the second straight year, was a leader on an improved offensive line. The line helped running back Jake Schwern finish second in the conference in rushing yards per game (107.9) and second in rushing yards (971). Troisi, a senior, and the line also helped first-year quarterback finish second in the league in passing percentage (60.5) and finish with 1,342 yards.
 
Troisi, a double major in computer science and mathematical sciences, is a Presidential Scholar at Colby and a three-time NESCAC All-Academic selection. He worked for Colby's Computer Science Department this past summer, is a teacher assistant and tutor for computer science, has done web design for the Colby English Department, and has had three internships in the past three summers.
 
O'Donnell (bottom), a sophomore, was a force in the middle of the line as a defensive tackle. He finished eighth on the team in tackles with 26 (11 solo) and had four tackles for loss. 
 
O'Donnell, a physics major with a minor in managerial economics, is a dean's list student at Colby and earned NESCAC Fall All-Academic honors this year. He was part of the Cure the Cloud of Alzheimer's, interacting with residents dealing with the condition at Bedside Manor in Oakland, Maine. 
 
The two players helped the Mules win the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) title last Saturday.