ANNVILLE, Pa.– Three members of the Middle Atlantic Conference champion Stevenson University football team were named to the league's All-Academic Team announced on Monday. Junior Mike Datu, sophomore Ashton Leschke and senior Billy Lewis were all selected to the 22-member team.
To be eligible for the MAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must post a 3.20 term GPA during the semester of their championship season. Voting for the award is based on 50% academic excellence and 50% athletic prowess by the athletic communications professionals at the MAC's 17 institutions.
Datu, a Computer Information Systems major, was a MAC Second Team selection in 2016. He finished third on the Mustangs with 59 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks, while he also posted four interceptions for 58 yards and six pass breakups. Datu was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Week on October 23 following the Mustangs' 19-0 win over No. 25 Delaware Valley in which he had nine tackles and an interception. Datu recorded a pair of interceptions in Stevenson's first-ever NCAA tournament game at Wesley.
Leschke, a Biology major, was a MAC First Team All-Conference selection and was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. One of just two sophomores named to the MAC All-Academic squad, Leschke led the Mustangs with 88 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for a loss. He was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Week following the regular season finale at Lycoming, a 28-10 win that clinched Stevenson's first MAC title, after totaling 13 tackles, including two for a loss. He also had 11 tackles in Stevenson's NCAA game at Wesley.
Lewis, a Public History major, was named First Team All-MAC for the second straight season. Playing in nine games, Lewis tied for the team lead with six interceptions, including three in the season opener against N.C. Wesleyan that earned him a spot on the D3football.com Team of the Week. Lewis, Stevenson's career leader in interceptions with 20, also finished with 24 tackles on the season.
Stevenson finished 9-2 in 2016 for the second straight season. The Mustangs captured their first-ever MAC championship with an 8-1 league record and made their first NCAA playoff appearance.