Nov. 30, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss senior linebacker Brandon Francesconi and redshirt sophomore place kicker Corey Acosta each earned a spot on the Conference USA All-Academic Team released this week by the league office in Irving, Texas.
Francesconi, a Burlingame, Calif., native posted a 3.62 cumulative grade point average in business management since transferring from the College of San Mateo in the fall of 2011.
The 2011-2012 Southern Miss Male Student-Athlete of the Year collected C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll as well as earning Dean's List honors and Athletic Director's Honor Roll once each during his time here at Southern Miss. Last summer, he attended the 2012 NCAA Career in Sports Forum.
During his senior campaign this fall, Francesconi registered 21 tackles in 12 games played and tallied one tackle for loss for four yards. He posted a season-best six tackles against Boise State and added five stops against Nebraska.
Acosta, from Memphis, Tenn., and a biological sciences major with a 3.90 GPA, has been solid in the classroom since starting in the fall of 2010 as he collected both the Conference USA Academic Medalist honors and Commissioner's List Honor Roll twice during his tenure. In addition, he merited the President's List (4.0) three times and the Dean's List once.
On the field this season, he led the Golden Eagles in scoring with 60 points, converting 27-of-28 extra points and 11-of-17 field goals. He tallied a career-long 51-yard field goal against Marshall and then added a 50-yarder the following week against Rice. Acosta ended the year by converting his final four field goals.
Francesconi and Acosta became the fifth and sixth Golden Eagles, respectively, to receive this award from the league since the team's inception at the end of the 2006 season. This was the first time Southern Miss placed two student-athletes on the team in the same year.
In all, 11 C-USA schools made up the 14-member squad.
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