Nov. 8, 2012
BEAUMONT - Lamar University punter Kollin Kahler was named Thursday to the Academic All-District 7 First-Team as the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released their 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Football Teams.
A former standout at Waco High School, Kahler will now advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. A junior majoring in exercise science, Kahler is maintaining a 3.90 grade point average.
There are eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada recognizing the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and academically. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA, have reached sophomore athletic eligibility and have completed one full calendar year at the nominating institution.
Kahler is in his third season as the Cardinals' starting punter and his 40.8 yards per punt average is the best career mark in school history. Kahler is currently averaging 41.7 yards per punt this season with a Southland Conference best 17 punts inside the 20-yard line.
An honorable mention all-conference performer in 2011, Kahler was named to the College Football Performance Awards Preseason Watch List prior to this season. As a sophomore, Kahler boomed a 72-yard punt at Southeastern Louisiana to establish his career long and tie for the third longest punt in Lamar history.
Lamar has had eight student-athletes earn Academic All-America honors. Punter Bryan Campbell is the lone football player to ever receive the honor, picking up second-team recognition in 1988.
Northwestern State place kicker John Shaughnessy was the only other Southland Conference football player to be honored Thursday as he was named to the District 6 first-team.