Moon Township, Pa. - Senior defensive lineman Ray Gensler (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Keystone Oaks)of the Robert Morris Universityfootball team was named to the ESPN The Magazine 2006 District II University Division Football Academic All-America Team Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). It marks the second straight District II honor for Gensler, and by making the team he will be placed on the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. In 2005 Gensler was named to the second team for defense.
In his fourth year as a starter at left end for the Colonials, Gensler owns a 3.91 cumulative grade point average as a manufacturing engineering major. He currently ranks fourth on the team in tackles with 63, including 25 solo takedowns. Gensler also leads the Northeast Conference and ranks third in I-AA in sacks with 11 and in 2006 established a new Robert Morris career record in the category, eclipsing former defensive lineman Jason Spencer’s (1994-97) record of 17. Heading into RMU’s 2006 regular season finale Saturday at Sacred Heart, Gensler owns 19 career sacks.
Gensler also tied the Robert Morris single-season record of 11 sacks in the club’s last game when he posted one and-a-half sacks against Albany (11/4). On his career, Gensler owns 181 career tackles, including 74 solo tackles.
In order to be eligible for All-District Academic All-America Team consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. The student-athlete must have reached sophomore eligibility and academic standing at the institution and must have completed at least one full academic year. CoSIDA’s District II covers Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Under the tutelage ofJoe Walton, in his 13th season as head coach of the Colonials, Robert Morris closes out its 2006 campaign Saturday, Nov. 11, when it travels to Fairfield, Conn., for a 12:30 p.m. tilt against Sacred Heart. RMU owns an overall record of 6-4 in 2006, including 4-2 in Northeast Conference action.
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