ASHLAND, Va. - The Randolph-Macon football program had three players named to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Football Team: junior wide receiver Christian Redman (North Chesterfield, Va./James River), junior punter Julian Drew (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) and sophomore tight end Sam Tanner (Richmond, Va./Lee-Davis).
This trio will now be on the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot, with results to be announced in December.
Redman, a Business Management major, has the top grade point average (GPA) on the Yellow Jacket football team at 4.06. He played in all 10 games and was second on the team with 38 receptions and 404 receiving yards. Redman averaged 10.6 yards per catch and 40.4 yards per game. At Catholic, Redman had six catches for a season-high 80 yards. He also had six receptions against Shenandoah for 48 yards and a touchdown.
Drew is an Accounting major with a 3.63 GPA. He led the ODAC with an average of 40.1 yards per punt. Of his 34 punts, 10 went inside the opponent's 20-yard line, six were fair caught and five went for touchbacks. Drew did not have a punt blocked this season.
Tanner has a GPA of 3.81. He was third on the team with 15 catches and 307 receiving yards. Tanner scored two touchdowns in the final three games. He had a 50-yard TD catch at home against Washington and Lee as well as a 53-yard scoring reception at Guilford.
Under head coach Pedro Arruza, Randolph-Macon posted a 7-3 overall mark in 2017. The Yellow Jackets were 4-2 in ODAC play, good for second place in the conference standings. R-MC concluded the season with a 56-28 victory over rival Hampden-Sydney. The Yellow Jackets have topped the Tigers four straight times and six times in the past seven meetings.