Virginia Soccer | Four Cavaliers recognized for academic achievement

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.— Defensive lineman Paul Aker and wide receiver Keytaon Thompson and Ethan Davis were all named to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District Team. Additional offensive lineman Zachary Teter was listed as a member of the second annual Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete Program.

CSC Academic All-District Teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined accomplishments on the field and in the classroom. Academic All-District Honorees advance to the CSC Academic All-America vote. Academic All-America® first and second team honorees will be announced in late December.

The Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete Program honors one football player at each campus that is a member of the ACC and the American Athletic Conference—the two conferences represented in the college football game, the Military Bowl. These players are studying STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) subjects and/or are pursuing a STEM career.

Akere, a Columbia grad, appeared in all 10 games this season and accumulated 22 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for losses. This is the second consecutive season that Akere has received Academic All-District honors. Last year he was an ADA Academic All-Star and Second Team All-Ivy League selection with Columbia FCS. In Virginia, Akere is pursuing his master’s degree in higher education.

Davies earned his way up the Cavaliers’ depth chart in 2022 primarily as a punt return. He put in five punts for 28 yards. He recorded his first career catch, a seven-yard reception, on November 5 against North Carolina. Fairfax’s sophomore has yet to declare a major at UVA.

Thompson completed a remarkable three-year career in Virginia, finishing in the program’s all-time top-15 in career receptions (138 – T-8) and career receptions (1,667 – T-12). He led the Cavaliers this season with 53 receptions and 579 yards receiving. The wideout holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology/sports administration from the state of Mississippi and a master’s degree in higher education from Virginia.

Teter is a biology major from Lakeland, Fla. and was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll last year. On the field, he appeared on special teams for the final four games of the season. After football he wants to graduate from sports school and eventually become a doctor’s assistant.