First team CoSIDA All-American Giresse Forchu

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Junior fullback Giresse Forchu breaks into the end zone for one of his 15 touchdowns of the year against Central Missouri at Fred G. Hughes Stadium on Oct. 4, 2014. The Lions lost 34-31.

Ian Taylor, Sports Editor

Forchu is recognized for work on and off the field

While the Lions’ football season did not end with the record most would have hoped for, the silver lining remains with the outstanding rushing attack that has dominated the MIAA for the past three seasons.

Leading the attack has been junior fullback Giresse Forchu, a fact not lost on the men who hand out the post-season accolades, with Forchu being named to the Capital One Academic All-American first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

With 719 rushing yards, Forchu led the Southern backfield this season, tallying 15 touchdowns — enough to rank No. 21 in Division II.

On the field, Forchu has made a large impact as part of two record-breaking years for the Lions, with 3,043 yards in 2012 and 3,684 yards in 2013 yards by the team respectively, overtaking the previous records.

Forchu carries a 3.86 GPA as a biology/pre-med major and is one of only three MIAA players to make the first team.