Thursday, November 14, 2019

Lycoming Football - Botts, Batkowski earn CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades

Cody Botts (Millmont, Pa./Mifflinburg) / John Green Photo
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – For the first time in the Lycoming College football team’s history, senior offensive lineman Cody Botts (Millmont, Pa./Mifflinburg) has earned a spot on the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Team for a third straight year to highlight the NCAA Division III District 4 team, the organization announced on Thursday, Nov. 14. In addition, senior Keith Batkowski (Montoursville, Pa./Montoursville) earned a spot on the All-District Team.

Botts has started 29 straight games for the Warriors as a left tackle, helping lead the team to a 4-5 record this season, as the squad has scored 141 points in the past three games while rushing for 200 yards in each of the last three weeks. As a junior, Botts helped the team to a 5-6 season and a berth in the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series.

Botts has played a key role on the line, helping the offense roll up more than 500 yards of total offense in each of the last three games, including posting a school-record 640 yards against FDU-Florham.

The history major has made three straight appearances on the MAC Academic Honor Roll and has earned two Academic All-MAC honors as well.

Botts is just the third student-athlete at Lycoming to earn three Academic All-District honors in a career, joining volleyball’s Amanda Hollenbacher (1997-99) and wrestling’s Brandon Conrad (2016-18).

Keith Batkowski (Montoursville, Pa./Montoursville) / John Green Photo
Batkowski, a psychology major, earns Academic All-District honors after starting seven games as the team’s running back. He is second on the team with 336 rushing yards and a touchdown this season and he has also caught eight passes for 48 yards and a score and picked up 412 yards as a kick returner. He rushed for a season-high 97 yards in the win over FDU-Florham, making a diving 28-yard touchdown reception in the win.

Batkowski is the fifth Warrior running back to earn Academic All-District honors, joining Mike McCarty (1994), Parker Showers (2012), Craig Needhammer (2013-14) and Blake Bowman (2016).

CoSIDA Academic All-District Football Teams are released to recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be announced in December.

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