Nov 8, 2012 6:28 PM by UL Sports Information
Ragin' Cajuns junior center Andre Huval, who owns a 3.52 cumulative grade point average majoring in business accounting, has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District team, which is selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Huval is now eligible for Capital One Academic All-America honors, which will be announced on Nov. 29.
"Andre is truly deserving of this recognition," UL head coach Mark Hudspeth said. "We ask all of our players to put as much effort into their performance in the classroom as they do on the field, and Andre has been successful at both. His leadership ability on the offensive line has been a key factor in our success and his academic accomplishments set an example for the rest of the team."
A 6-1, 305-pound junior from Scott, La., Huval has taken over a leadership role on a veteran offensive line, playing almost every offensive snap in the first eight games. Earlier this fall, he was named to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Award, which goes to the nation's top center.
In eight games, Huval has helped the Ragin' Cajuns offense average 435.5 yards of total offense and 35.0 points per game. He is the focal point of an offensive line that has given up just nine quarterback sacks this year.
Huval broke into the starting lineup in 2011, adeptly making the transition from guard to center. He led all Ragin' Cajuns offensive linemen in 2011 by playing 925 of the 936 offensive snaps during the year, including every down in 11 of UL's 13 games, and finishing third on the squad with 19 knock down blocks. He was named the team's recipient of the Awardmasters Academic Excellence Award.
A graduate of St. Thomas More High, Huval played a key role in the Cajuns becoming just the second team in school history to accumulate over 5,000 yards of total offense in a season as quarterback Blaine Gautier set single season records for passing yards (2,958), touchdowns (23), completion percentage (.628), passing efficiency (153.60) and total offense (3,444).
District VI consists of all NCAA FBS and FCS schools in the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Huval was one of five Sun Belt student-athletes named to their respective district squads, joining Arkansas State linebacker Nathan Herrold, Troy defensive lineman Kyle Lucas and the South Alabama duo of defensive lineman Alex Page and offensive lineman Trey Clark.
Huval and the Ragin' Cajuns travel to Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday to face No. 6 Florida beginning at 11:21 CST in Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The game will be televised on the SEC Network and can be seen locally on KADN.