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Three Mustangs Land on Big Sky All-Academic Team

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Three Cal Poly football players have been named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team for the 2012 season.

Junior defensive end Grant Goebel was honored as were a pair of redshirt freshmen offensive linemen -- Stephen Sippel and Kyle Zottneck (pictured at right).

Goebel, a graduate of Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, Illinois, notched two tackles and both were sacks in the Weber State game Oct. 5. The 6-4, 240-pound construction management major played in 10 other contests last fall.

Sippel (6-3, 265), a mechanical engineering major and graduate of Folsom High School, and Zottneck (6-1, 270), a communication studies major from Long Beach and a graduate of Los Alamitos High School, played on an offensive line that helped the Mustangs finish No. 3 in the Football Championship Subdivision in rushing offense, No. 7 in scoring offense and No. 13 in total offense.

The offensive line also allowed just 10 sacks in 12 games, No. 8 in the FCS.

A total of 460 student-athletes were selected to the 2012 Big Sky Conference Fall All-Academic Team. The team includes student-athletes from football, volleyball, soccer, and men's and women's cross country. Cal Poly competes in the Big Sky only for football.

To be eligible student-athletes must have participated in at least half of the team's competitions, achieved a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) at the conclusion of the most recently completed term, and completed at least one academic term at his/her current Big Sky institution.

Cal Poly, under fourth-year head coach Tim Walsh, finished 9-3 overall last fall, claiming a share of the Big Sky title in its first year in the conference, and earned its third FCS playoff berth in the last eight years, falling to eventual national runner-up Sam Houston State in the second round.