Rice junior defensive end Brian Nordstrom, who ranks among the national leaders in tackles for loss this season, has been named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I football team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The team was announced on Thursday.
CoSIDA Academic All-American
Nordstrom, who originally walked-on to Rice before earning a scholarship and a starting spot at defensive end, carries a 3.63 GPA in Civil Engineering. He was named to the second team.
He is a two-time Rice Honor Athlete, a four-time member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and was a recipient of the C-USA Academic Medal in 2012. He is the 15th Owl football player to be honored by CoSIDA since the program began in 1952 and is the first since Travis Bradshaw in 2010. He joins Bradshaw and James Casey as honorees who have played under head coach David Bailiff.
In his first year as a starter, Nordstrom leads the Owls and is tied for 10th nationally with 18.5 tackles for loss, which ranks second in school history behind Brandon Green (21 in 2001). He has 7.5 sacks this season, which matches the sixth-best total in school history.
He has 43 tackles this year, with nearly half of them resulting in yardage lost. His top individual game came in a 17-7 Homecoming win over UTSA when he was credited with a career-high six tackles, including 2.5 sacks and forced fumble. He was named to Phil Steele's All C-USA Midseason second team.
Nordstrom and his Rice teammates will receive an bowl invitation on Sunday, the third in as many years for the Owls.