Nov. 3, 2016
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Graduate student tight end Michael Jocz of the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan football team has been recognized with Academic All-District Five honors, it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday (Nov. 3).
Jocz, who has appeared in 17 games during his career, including all eight this season, is a native of Novi, Michigan, and carries a stellar 3.96 grade-point average. He is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2014-15) and is in line for his third such honor later this season. Last fall, Jocz was awarded the Dr. Arthur D. Robinson Scholarship Award as the student-athlete with the top GPA on the roster. He graduated from the College of Engineering last spring, completing his undergraduate studies with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Now in his fifth year on campus, Jocz is earning his master's degree in the same field. He and teammate Ben Pliska spent their summer in the lab, working under a few U-M engineering professors as interns to research and help engineer a new football helmet design designed for concussion prevention.
On the field, this season has been Jocz's most impactful. He made his first career catch against UCF (Sept. 10), a 12-yard reception, and also blocked a punt one week later against Colorado (Sept. 17) that was returned for a Michigan touchdown. He made his first career start against Wisconsin (Oct. 1) and is a steady and significant contributor not only at the tight end position but also as a valued member of several special teams units.
Michael and other first-team academic all-district recipients will advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot from which first-, second- and third-team honorees will be selected later this month.
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