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story.lead_photo.caption Graduate student Stacey Lawrence starts in the SAU secondary. (Photo by SAU Sports)

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recently released the Academic All-District honorees and among the first-team selections in Super Region 3 was Southern Arkansas’ Stacy Lawrence.

As a CoSIDA Academic All-District First-Team selection, Lawrence now advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot where first, second, and third-team All-America honorees will be selected next month.

Lawrence, a redshirt senior defensive back from Irving, Texas, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a 3.47 GPA as an undergraduate student. As a graduate student in SAU’s Rankin College of Business, Lawrence carries a 3.50 GPA as he pursues his Master of Business Administration degree.

On the field, Lawrence recorded 41 total tackles (24 solo, 17 asst.) in 11 regular season games. He added 1.5 tackles for loss, forced two fumbles and recorded an interception.

He is one of just four players from the Great American Conference selected to the Super Region 3 Academic All-District First Team.

The 2019 Academic All-District Football Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America program separately recognizes football honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.

The CoSIDA Academic All-District teams include the student-athletes listed on the following pages and are divided into geographic districts across the United States and Canada.

Lawrence and the Muleriders (8-3) will play in the Heritage Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Corsicana (Texas) Independent School District Tiger Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for noon and will match the Muleriders against Eastern New Mexico (7-4).

The Heritage Bowl, formerly known as the Corsicana Bowl, is in its third year and stands as one of only four NCAA Division II sanctioned bowl games. The two participating teams consist of schools competing in the Lone Star Conference (LSC), Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) and/or the Great American Conference (GAC).

The Muleriders won seven of their first eight games and capped off the regular season by reclaiming the Battle of the Timberlands Trophy last Saturday. At stake is the program’s ninth nine-win season all-time, first since 2016, and the first postseason victory since a 41-31 win over the Mexican All-Stars in the 1990 Aztec Bowl.

The Greyhounds won seven games for the third time in the last four years.

The matchup will be the first between SAU and Eastern New Mexico on the gridiron.

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