The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Tuesday that both Downing and Stiverson had earned 2018 NCAA Division II second-team Academic All-America status. It is the first time since 1995 that the Eagle football program has had a pair of Academic All-Americas in the same year (Chad DiFranco and Jeff Mowrey).
Downing finished his fourth season as Ashland's snapper in 2018, and has a 3.92 cumulative grade-point average in Sport Management. Earlier this season, he earned CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honorable mention, and was Ashland's nominee for the National Football Foundation's (NFF) Campbell Trophy and American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team.
Stiverson was a starting safety for the Eagles, posting 38 total tackles, two tackles for loss, two interceptions, two pass breakups and a forced fumble. He has a 3.70 cumulative GPA in Marketing, and was named CoSIDA Academic All-District and first-team All-GLIAC in 2018.
Downing and Stiverson are the 17th and 18th Academic All-Americans in Ashland football history, all since 1972.
ALL-TIME ASHLAND UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA FOOTBALL PLAYERS
Travis Downing, 2018
Isaiah Stiverson, 2018
Matthew Wilcox, 2017
Adam Shaheen, 2015, 2016 (first-team)
Eric Schwieterman, 2013
Donnie Dottei, 2012 (first-team)
Nick Bellanco, 2009
Bubba Harris, 1997
Chad DiFranco, 1996 (first-team), 1995
Jeff Mowrey, 1995, 1994
Jerry Spatny, 1993 (first-team)
Tom Shiban, 1991 (first-team)
Mark Braun, 1981 (first-team)
Bruce Niehm, 1977 (first-team)
Dan Bogden, 1976 (first-team)
Ron Brown, 1974 (first-team)
Mark Gulling, 1973 (first-team)
Bud Boughton, 1972