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DAVIS, Calif. –
Senior aerospace science and engineering major Ryan Parenteau
and junior managerial economics major Tiger Garcia
earned 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® distinction on Monday when each were selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America's Division I football team.
Parenteau earned first team recognition, Garcia earned a spot on the second team. This is the first Academic All-America honor for each student-athlete representing the fifth-ranked public school in the nation.
In addition to holding a 3.94 GPA, Parenteau played in all 13 games this past season, one that saw UC Davis win its inaugural Big Sky Championship and earn its first-ever FCS playoff berth.
The Anthem, Ariz. native finished with three or more tackles in seven games, forced a fumble and earned a single-game career high two of his four breakups when the Aggies defeated San José State in their season opener to help the program earn its third all-time victory against a FBS opponent.
Garcia, a two-time Academic All-District honoree, also held a 3.94 GPA while competing for the Aggies this past season. Including both FCS playoff games, the Moraga native competed in nine contests, recorded his first career interception and PBU this season.
He also shined at SJSU by collecting six tackles, a new single-game career high.
Two of the Big Sky's three Academic All-America selections were Aggies; Idaho State's Dakota Wilson was the other honoree. With CoSIDA's announcement, three league players earned All-American status for the second season in a row.
The organization's announcement also marks the second straight year that a UC Davis student-athlete earned the highest academic distinction available. In 2017, Marcus Cummins
became the first Aggie Academic All-American since the team joined the Big Sky.
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Thanks to a collaboration of alumni, university resources, corporate partners, coaches and Student-Athlete Outcomes staff, all Aggies are guided over four years to acquire the skills, knowledge, opportunities and tools to better know and navigate the "World of Work" after graduating from UC Davis. Follow the Aggie EVO system on Twitter and Instagram at @AggieEVO.
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The No. 5-ranked public university in the nation, according to the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, offers nearly 100 graduate programs and more than 100 academic majors across four colleges and six professional schools, ranking among the world and nation's best in numerous disciplines, including veterinary science, agriculture, and plant and animal programs.