Western Md.'s McCord earns academic honor

December 15, 1993

Western Maryland College punter Paul McCord of Wilmington, Del., has been selected to the GTE Academic All-America College Division second team.

The national selection was made by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America committee.

To reach that level, McCord was first picked to the District II team by CoSIDA members from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The College Division includes NCAA Divisions II and III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

McCord (6 feet 4, 212 pounds) is a senior history major with an education minor who carries a 3.32 grade-point average. He is a dean's list student and a member of the 1992 and 1993 Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll.

McCord also earned Centennial Conference All-Star first-team honors for the second time (1991 was the first) as a punter. He kicked 56 times, trapping opponents inside their 20-yard line on 13 occasions, for an average of 38.2 yards.

McCord also played wide receiver, making 27 catches for 517 yards and four touchdowns.

McCord is Western Maryland's third football Academic All-American and the first since Joe Menendez was a second-team selection as a senior in 1980. He is the school's 11th Academic All-American since the program was initiated more than 40 years ago.

Western Maryland finished the season 3-5-1 under first-year coach Tim Keating. The Green Terrors were 2-5 in the Centennial Conference.

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