Senior defender Jordan Locke and junior midfielder Topher Marshall of the Oglethorpe men's soccer team were named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Men's Scholar All-America First Team on Friday, marking the first time that either has received Scholar All-America honors. It marks the second national postseason honor for Marshall this year, and the first for Locke.
Locke, who hails from Loganville, earned his first career Scholar All-Region accolade earlier on Friday, as well, being named to the Scholar All-South First Team. He holds a 3.4 GPA in engineering and physics, and has enjoyed an outstanding awards season, earning All-South Atlantic First Team honors from the United Soccer Coaches, as well as SAA Defensive Player of the Year and All-SAA First Team honors from the league's coaches. It's been an outstanding cap to a career that has featured three straight All-SAA First Team honors.
Marshall, a Lawrenceville native, earned his first career Scholar All-Region honor on Friday, too, also taking Scholar All-South First Team honors. He holds a 3.52 GPA in communication and rhetoric studies. He just received his first career All-America honor, earning a spot on the coaches' All-America Second Team, as well as their All-South Atlantic First Team. It marked the second consecutive year that Marshall has received All-Region honors, and the third straight year that he's been named to the All-SAA First Team and taken an SAA postseason award, as he received the SAA Offensive Player of the Year award for the second straight time.
"This is an outstanding recognition for both Jordan and Topher," said Oglethorpe head coach Jon Akin, "and is a richly deserved honor. Both have received copious on-field and off-field accolades this postseason, with both being named All-Region and Scholar All-Region, and Topher being named All-America. I think that proves that these two personify what being a student-athlete is all about. I'm very proud of both Jordan and Topher, and hopefully there will be even more honors to come!"
Student-athletes receiving Scholar All-America recognition have accrued a minimum 3.3 GPA, started more than 50 percent of all their team's games and significantly contributed to the team, and attained a level of junior or above in academic standing at their institution.
Players on this year's Scholar All-America teams will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom at the All-America Luncheon on Jan. 20 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in conjunction with the 2018 United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.