Each year, NCAA student-athletes are recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for outstanding performances both athletically and academically with the prestigious Academic All-District and Academic All-America awards.
After earning his first Academic All-District honor in November, UW-Superior's Eric Watson, Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) men's soccer all-conference senior and UMAC Offensive Player of the Year, has been named CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team for men's soccer at the forward position, it was announced Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Watson is one of 33 players recognized for Division III men's soccer. He is the third Academic All-American for the Yellowjackets in the last year and fourth in school history.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a significant contributor with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average at their current institution and must have participated in at least 50% of the team’s games or contests. Eligible athletes must also be of sophomore status or higher to be considered. Honorees are nominated and selected by CoSIDA members for eight different districts for all three NCAA divisions.
Watson, a senior, is majoring in exercise science and carries a 3.95 GPA. In his four seasons with Yellowjacket men's soccer, Watson has been a difference maker helping his squad to back-to-back regular season titles after a perfect 8-0 conference record this season.
Additionally, the Yellowjackets won a third-consecutive postseason title and made a third-straight NCAA tournament appearance. Watson helped the Yellowjackets win a second-straight opening round NCAA tournament game this fall.
This season, Watson ranked fifth overall in the UMAC in scoring with 33 points, 15 goals and three assists. He was a All-UMAC performer on one of the three teams each of his four seasons and was the 2016 Rookie of the Year.