Soccer gets five in the CSC Academic All-District Team


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PHILADELPHIA – Five members of the University of Pennsylvania football team have been named to the College Sports Communicators (CSC) academic all-district team, which was announced Tuesday afternoon for their performances in class and on the gridiron.

To qualify for the honor, the student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher and be a starter/key player on their team.

Academic All-District Honorees advance to the CSC Academic All-America vote. First and second team Academic All-America guests of honor will be announced in late December.

Senior offensive lineman for the season Ben Hoitinkolder player Ben KrimSenior offensive lineman Jack PurcellJunior wide receiver Joshua Casilli and second quarterback Aidan Sayin earned Academic All-District selections for the Quakers.

Hoitink, a second-team right All-Ivy selection, has a 3.62 GPA with majors in finance and management. He played and started in all 10 games in 2022 and was a key part of the offensive line that allowed just 15 sacks all year, the third fewest in the Ivy League.

Krimm was the undisputed most valuable punter in the Ivy League for the 2022 season after earning First Team All-Ivy honors this week. He has a 3.55 GPA in Economics with a minor in Consumer Psychology and has excelled in that field this season. Krimm led the Ivy League with an average punt yardage of 41.6 ypg (24th in FCS football). He had an Ivy-leading six touchbacks with the most punts further than 50 yards in the league (11), seven more than second. Krimm collected the second most yards (1,829) in the Ivy League.

Purcell’s 3.57 GPA in Economics major is just one of the many reasons he is on this list, as evidenced by his strong season in right tackle despite not having time due to injury. Like Hoitink, he was an integral part of the Quakers’ O-line, which allowed just 15 sacks in the season and protected the quarterback Aidan Sayin.

Casilli had a super strong season for the Quakers in 2022 as the leading target in Sayin’s passing game. In class, he earned a 3.70 GPA in Management. On the field, Casilli caught 52 passes for 491 yards and a team-high with four touchdowns. He had 10 catches against Colgate in the opener and 11 for 159 yards against Columbia.

Eventually, Sayin took a step forward as Penn’s QB start in 2022, earning a 3.61 classroom GPA at the Wharton School. He had 253 Ivy League-leading completions and was league-leading in touchdowns with 18. Sayin was second in the Ivy League with 2,344 passing yards, an average of 234.4 yards per game. His passing yards are the fifth most in a single season in program history and the highest since Alek Torgersen’s 2,689 yards in 2014.

The five players named Academic All-District are the most in program history, as 2022 marks the second consecutive season that a Quaker was added to the roster (Prince Emili in 2021).

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