COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three-time Academic All-American Cory Contini (Dover, Ohio) was tabbed as the top collegiate scholar-athlete at the Columbus Chapter of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet on Monday.
Contini was awarded a post-graduate scholarship at the event, besting individuals from six other local colleges for the award.
In the classroom, Contini carries a 3.90 GPA in accounting, and earned the Academic All-American honors all three years he was eligible. He was the only current Division II student-athlete to earn the award the last three years.
Contini was also a semifinalist for the NFF William V. Campbell Trophy as the best football scholar-athlete in the nation and was a nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team for his efforts in the community. Those include working with Special Olympic athletes, participating in donation drives for children going back to school and at Christmas, and volunteering at youth football, baseball and basketball camps.
A member of ODU's Student Athlete Advisory Committee, he's also participated in Make A Difference Day and Panther Pride Pitch In on campus. Contini has also been an alter server at St. Joseph's Church in Dover.
On the field, Contini had a stellar career, earning Honorable Mention All-American honors this fall. He set school records with 3,239 career yards and 38 receiving TDs, and his 39 TDs scored are also a record.
In 2018, he was named the G-MAC Offensive Player of the Year, and in 2017 was recognized as the G-MAC Offensive Back of the Year as well. He earned first team all-region accolades in both seasons as well.
Ohio Dominican finished the season with a 9-2 record and went 6-2 in the G-MAC. The Panthers were ranked as high as No. 12 nationally this year and appeared in the regional rankings every week. ODU has won at least seven games in every season since 2011.
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