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Crawford, Huseman Named Academic All-Americans

 

AUSTIN, Texas – Conner Crawford and Noah Huseman of the Taylor University baseball team were the latest Trojan student-athletes to be named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, earning Second-Team NAIA Baseball Academic All-American honors recently, as voted on and announced by College Sports Information Directors of America.

 

The prestigious list of First and Second-Team NAIA Baseball All-Americans included only 24 student-athletes from around the nation, with Crawford and Huseman making Taylor just one-of-four schools in the NAIA to claim more than one award.

 

Crawford took home his first CoSIDA Academic All-American award, after twice being named a CoSIDA Academic All-District recipient. The senior outfielder, finished his time at Taylor with a 3.75 grade-point average in exercise science and will earn his second Academic All-Crossroads League and NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards later this summer.

 

On the diamond, Crawford closed his career with one of the best individual seasons in program history, taking All-Crossroads League honors for a second time by smashing 17 home runs and driving in 69 runs, both of which were the second-best single-season tallies in program history.

 

Huseman also claimed the first CoSIDA Academic All-American honor of his standout career with the Purple and Gold. The senior pitcher was one-of-five pitchers from the NAIA to be honored, following his graduation with a 3.61 GPA in English education. Huseman will add his third Academic All-CL and third NAIA Scholar-Athlete accolades later this summer.

 

On the bump, Huseman secured his second-straight All-Crossroads League nod after going 6-3 with a 3.76 earned-run average and 1.25 WHIP over 81.1 innings. Huseman tossed two complete games and fanned a team-leading 11.3 batters per nine innings of work.

 

Crawford and Huseman are the 13th and 14th CoSIDA Academic All-Americans for Taylor University during the 2021-2022 year. The honors give TU 112 such awards in school history, with 110 of those coming since 2010.

 

The two honors from Crawford and Huseman also are the 13th and 14th CoSIDA Academic All-American nods in the history of the Taylor baseball program.

 

The CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-America awards are designed to showcase student-athletes for outstanding achievements in the classroom, as well as on the court or field of play. In order to be eligible for the honors, an athlete must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30, must have reached sophomore status academically with at least one full year at their current institution and must have participated in over half of the team’s competitions as a key contributor during the current season.

 

Student-athletes are nominated for the awards by their institution’s Sports Information Department and are selected via a vote by CoSIDA members from around the nation. To be eligible for All-American honors, a student-athlete must be selected as a First-Team Academic All-District performer.