A trio of Centennial Conference football players have been named to the 2018 CoSIDA Google Cloud Division III Academic All-America team - Moravian senior defensive back/linebacker Nick Zambelli and the Johns Hopkins duo of senior defensive lineman Anthony Davidson and junior quarterback David Tammaro. Zambelli and Davidson were both first-team selections, while Tammaro landed on the second team.
To be eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-All-America honors, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA, be a sophomore or above and a starter or significant reserve.
The two selections boost Johns Hopkins' all-time number of Academic All-Americans in football to 33.
Davidson is majoring in neuroscience and carries a 3.96 cumulative grade point average. He makes the jump to the first team this season after garnering second team honors as a junior. He is the 15th Johns Hopkins football player to earn First Team Academic All-America honors and this is the fifth time a Blue Jay defensive lineman has been named to the first team .
A First Team All-Centennial Conference and Third Team D3football.com All-South selection, Davidson finished third on the team in tackles this season (67) and was also second in tackles for losses (13.5) and sacks (6.0). He concluded his career with 114 tackles, including 24.5 tackles for losses and 13.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles.
Davidson has served as a Laboratory Research Assistant in the lab for Child Development at Johns Hopkins, has twice completed surgical shadowing programs, worked as a Teaching Assistant (Organic Chemistry) and a Study Consultant and has served as the class liaison for the Johns Hopkins football team in its Be the Match Bone Marrow Drive and its adoption of a child cancer survivor through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.
Tammaro is the first Johns Hopkins quarterback to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and he adds this to a list of accomplishments from the 2018 season that includes Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Centennial Conference and First Team D3football.com All-South.
An applied mathematics and statistics and economics major with a 3.33 cumulative GPA, Tammaro was 303-of-451 for 4,111 yards and 35 touchdowns against just seven interceptions this season. His marks for attempts, completions and yards are all Johns Hopkins single-season records, while his 35 touchdown passes tie the school record.
Tammaro has served as a summer research assistant in the Johns Hopkins Institute for Applied Economics and as the Vice President of the Johns Hopkins University Financial Analyst Club,
Moravian's Zambelli was a first-team Academic All-Americ pick for the second consecutive year. Zambelli, who was named to the Academic All-America First Team a year ago, earned Moravian's 51st Google Cloud Academic All-American® selected by CoSIDA honor. He is the 11th Greyhound to earn multiple Academic All-America honors and just the third to earn First Team accolades twice. The only other two-time Academic All-American from the football program is Mike Paciulli '96, who made the Second Team in 1995 and First Team in 1996.
Zambelli is majoring in Economics and Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics at Moravian, and he has a 4.00 GPA. This fall, Zambelli moved to a hybrid defensive back/linebacker position from safety the last three years and finished fifth on the squad with 54 tackles including 28 solo stops and one and a half tackles for loss despite missing a game with an injury. He also had two passes defended including one interception and a forced fumble. Zambelli, who served as a two-year captain and four-year starter at Moravian, contributed 218 tackles with 134 solo stops, eight interceptions, 19 passes defended, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two and a half tackles for loss and one sack in 40 career games. He was also selected to the 2017 Centennial All-Conference Second Team.
Off the field, Zambelli is the three-time member of the Centennial Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll and he was selected as both the 2017 Centennial Conference Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the 2017-18 Centennial Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. He was on the 2017 Fall All-Centennial Conference Team for student-athletes that earn both All-Conference and Academic Honor Roll accolades.
Zambelli works with the 5 Star Heart project – weekly visits to local middle schools to engage with mentees, monthly mentor session involving a workout and discussion of program material, assist with clean up and remodel of Bethlehem Boys & Girls Club, coaches youths at various one-day camps. He has participated in Read Across America, in the Greyhounds' Be the Match Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive, Moravian's Heritage Day of Community Service, spending time at Traditions of Hanover (retirement facility) for events such as bingo, spring fling and board game night, helping to tutor teammates and working at the Bethlehem Boys & Girls Club.