Lycoming senior running back Parker Showers, a Biglerville graduate, earned Capital One Academic All-District honors, the College Sports Information Directors of America said Thursday. Showers, a business management major, was placed on the NCAA Division III District IV team.
Showers will be placed in the pool for Academic All-America honors, competing against the other first-team selections in eight districts. The program was put in place to honor student-athletes who excel in athletics and in the classroom. To be eligible, student-athletes must post at least a 3.30 GPA and be significant contributors on the field.
Showers is also a kick return specialist for Lycoming. The tri-captain is one of the most versatile running backs in school history. He is sixth in the Middle Atlantic Conference in rushing, averaging 64.11 yards per game. He has posted 577 yards on 136 carries, and his six rushing touchdowns are tied for the team lead. He is also third in the conference in all-purpose yards, averaging 123.0 per game, thanks to a solid 26.82 yards per kick return, which leads the league and is 16th in the nation.
As a kick returner, Showers was named MAC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 3 after breaking the school’s career kickoff return yardage record against Lebanon Valley. He is 6 yards from breaking the school’s single-season kick return yardage record after posting 17 returns for 456 yards. He has three returns for more than 40 yards this season, including a 59-yard return at FDU-Florham.
A two-time MAC Academic honor roll and dean’s list selection, Showers was a second-team all-conference running back in 2011 after rushing for 896 yards. He also was named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy in September.
Showers has also helped in several community service initiatives for the football team, including helping with the Loyalsock Creek flood cleanup in spring 2012 and also working with Favors Forward.