Six Camel football players earn academic accolades

Dec. 06, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

Six Camels have been named to the 2013 Pioneer Football League All-Academic Teams, led by three-time First Team member Kurt Odom.

Odom is joined by Camel teammates Adam Lutz, Ben Bolling and Hunter Somerville on the Academic All-PFL First Team. Michael Rudisill and Lucas Smith both earned Second Team honors.

Odom, a senior from Robbinsville, is the first Campbell student-athlete to make the PFL’s All-Academic First Team three times. He is a semifinalist for the 2013 National Football Foundation's National Scholar-Athlete Awards.

Odom made the All-PFL First Team on the field as the league's best fullback this season. He gained the second most all-purpose yards in school history with 907 in 2013, ranking second on the team in rushing (537) and third in receiving yards (370).

Among Campbell career leaders, Odom ranks first in touchdowns scored all-time, third all-time in rushing, fifth in receiving yards, seventh in total offense, second in all-purpose yards, second in points scored and second in blocked kicks.

Lutz, a punter, made the All-PFL Honorable Mention list this season and was Second Team All-PFL in 2012.

Bolling, a wide receiver from Knightdale, was named to the PFL's Academic Honor Roll in 2012. He set a program single-season record with 495 receiving yards and tied the school record with five touchdown receptions this season.

Somerville is a redshirt sophomore tight end who was named to the PFL Academic Honor Roll in 2011. The criminal justice major carries a 3.49 GPA.

Rudisill is also earning Academic All-PFL honors for the third time.

Smith earned Second Team honors for the second straight year.

PFL 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 3.00 on a scale of 4.00 and reached their second season both athletically and academically at his current institution.