RICHMOND, Va. – Villanova junior Don Cherry has been named 2014 CAA Football Student-Athlete of the Year, headlining a list of 205 honorees named to the league’s Academic All-Conference Team on Thursday.
Cherry is a standout both in football and in the classroom at Villanova. He carries a cumulative 3.38 GPA while majoring in finance, and was a member of the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Team. Cherry is also a three-time selection to the Villanova Dean’s List, and was chosen as the VU Student-Athlete of the Month last December.
On the field, Cherry posted 134 tackles, 21.5 tackles-for-loss, 10 sacks and five forced fumbles in 2014, ranking among the CAA Football leaders in each category. The impressive statistics earned Cherry a runner-up finish in voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which honors the top defensive player in the FCS. The linebacker was also named to the AP, Sports Network, College Sporting News and Walter Camp All-America Teams, and the All-CAA Football First Team.
"Don Cherry is the epitome of what a student-athlete should be,” said Villanova head coach Andy Talley. “He is a true All-American who is very deserving of this honor."
Of the 205 CAA Football Academic All-Conference selections, Delaware leads the way with 28 honorees, followed by New Hampshire with 23, and James Madison and Villanova with 20 apiece.