Chants senior Lott makes Academic All-America team

Coastal Carolina senior safety Marcus Lott has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I football second team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Lott, the 2011 Big South Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year, carries a career grade point average of 3.91 in middle grade education and qualified for the Academic All-America squad after being voted to the first team Capital One Academic All-Region 4 earlier this fall.

Lott (Union) joins Josh Hoke (2005 and ’06) as the only Chanticleers to make the prestigious Academic All-America squad, which includes all football players from across the country in both the FBS and FCS Division I subdivisions such a Heisman hopefuls Andrew Luck (Stanford) and Robert Griffin (Baylor). Also making the team was Liberty wide receiver Pat Kelly, marking the first time two football players from the Big South were voted Academic All-America in the same season.

Lott, a two-time Academic All-Big South honoree, wants to serve as a principal when his playing days are over. Lott has only made five “B’s” in his academic career, with three of those being B-pluses.

Lott had started 31 consecutive contests, dating back to his freshman season, and played in every CCU contest since his true freshman year until missing the Gardner-Webb and Stony Brook games this season due to injury. Lott injured his wrist at Liberty and would later require surgery. Despite the injury, Lott had a game-high 10 tackles versus the Flames, including a tackle for loss, while adding a forced fumble and pass break up. The 10 stops were additionally his second-best, single-game total in his career.

Lott returned to the lineup ahead of schedule, starting for Senior Day in the Chanticleers’ 15-8 in over Presbyterian. Playing only in the first half before re-aggravating the injury, Lott had four tackles, including a tackle or loss. He also started the final two games of the season but ultimately saw limited action due to the injury, getting four tackles in a win at Charleston Southern and a tackle for loss in his final game as a Chant in the win at Western Carolina.

Despite missing two games, Lott ranked fifth on the team in tackles (41). He added four pass breakups and  4.0 TFL for the season.  In the season opener, Lott had five tackles and a key blocked field goal, helping Coastal defeat Furman 30-23.

For his career, Lott played in 44 games, getting 35 starts. He ranks fourth on the CCU all-time list for pass breakups (17), eighth in interceptions (5), sixth in unassisted tackles (112) and ninth in total tackles (184).

Including Lott, a total of 27 Chanticleers have earned a total of 34 Academic All-America honors since the 1978-79 season.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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