Jan 24, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Three business administration majors and one each from industrial engineering, industrial technology and journalism make up the class of six Cal Poly football players on the 2018 Big Sky Conference Fall All-Academic Team.
Offensive linemen Sam Ogee (business administration) and David Chellsen (industrial engineering) made the team for the third time and, while Ogee has graduated, Chellsen has one more year of eligibility.
The remaining quartet of this year's honorees earned spots on the Big Sky All-Academic team for the second time.
Quarterback Jake Jeffrey (business administration), wide receiver Jake Smeltzer (industrial technology) and kicker Casey Sublette (journalism) all made the squad a year ago. Defensive back Carter Nichols (business administration) claimed the honor for the first time two seasons ago, missing most of the 2017 campaign due to injury.
Ogee and Sublette were seniors last fall while Chellsen, Nichols and Smeltzer were juniors. Jeffrey has two years of eligibility remaining.
Ogee started the first seven games at left tackle before he was sidelined the final four contests due to injury. Chellsen played in 10 of the 11 games, primarily at right tackle, but also was a tight end on certain plays. The pair helped Cal Poly to a No. 1 national ranking in time of possession, No. 4 in rushing offense and No. 5 in third-down conversions.
Sublette averaged 38.1 yards per punt in his final season as a Mustang while Jeffrey played in eight games, including one start, and completed 15 of 28 passes for 208 yards.
Smeltzer also played in eight games with one start, but did not make any catches after making six grabs a year ago. Nichols notched 59 tackles (35 solo), intercepted one pass and broke up five others.
The Big Sky had a total of 570 student-athletes from football, women's volleyball, women's soccer and men's and women's cross country recognized for the fall season, the sixth straight year with 500 or more honorees and third consecutive with at least 570. There were 364 student-athletes who registered a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, while 41 student-athletes recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA.
"Academic success is a high priority in the Big Sky," first-year Big Sky commissioner Tom Wistrcill said. "To see our student-athletes achieve greatness in the classroom and in their sport is a testament to the hard work and dedication that our schools strive to attain year after year. I'm proud to see our student-athletes continue to shine."
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have met and/or exceeded the following minimum requirements: 1) Participated in at least half of the team's competitions; 2) Achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at the conclusion of the most recently completed term; 3) Completed at least one academic term at his/her current Big Sky institution.
Cal Poly only plays football in the Big Sky, with most remaining sports as a member of the Big West Conference.