Second career academic All-American award for Pickard
2011 (Senior): Started all 11 games, marking the end of a career that saw him start all 47 games in his career...Posted 23 tackles at 6.0 tackles for loss...Recorded 2.0 sacks and four quarterback hurries...Forced one fumble and recovered one fumble...Earned the MVFC's Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum 3.2 GPA in the previous two semesters. (Preseason):Preseason second-team All-Conference selection by Phil Steele Magazine.
2010 (Junior): Named to the ESPN Academic All-America First Team...Selected to the All-MVFC Second Team...Selected to the Academic All-Star Team by the FCS Athletics Directors Association and was one of eight finalists for its $5,000 postgraduate scholarship...MVFC All-Academic First Team...Earned the President's Academic Award from the MVFC, which requires a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and the student-athlete must be within 18 hours of graduation...Started in all 11 games...Had 30 tackles...His 8.0 tackles for a loss was the second most on the team and tied for 12th in the conference...Second on the team with 4.5 sacks, which tied for 14th in the conference...Forced fumbles on sacks in back-to-back games at Youngstown State and No. 19 Illinois State...Had a tackle for a loss in 8-of-11 games...Finished the year with four quarterback hurries...Recorded a season-high five tackles at Youngstown State, Sept. 25...Named SIU's Defensive Player of the Game for the season opener vs. Quincy and twice received the team's Lunch Pail Award that goes to the defensive player who best exemplifies unselfish, blue collar play...Was awarded twice with the teams Terminator Award that acknowledges the defensive player with the most outstanding week of strength training.
2009 (Sophomore): Selected to MVFC All-Academic second team...Received the MVFC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum 3.2 grade point average...Started in all 13 games...Had 27 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks...Had one pass breakup and seven quarterback hurries...Recovered one fumble and blocked two kicks...Tied his career-high with six tackles against North Dakota State.
2008 (Redshirt Freshman): Started all 12 games and led all Saluki defensive linemen with 23 tackles... Earned the Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum 3.2 grade point average.
2007 (Freshman): Redshirted...Named to the conference's academic honor roll.
High School: Three-year varsity starter...Rushed for 737 yards and 16 touchdowns on 35 carries...Caught 10 passes for 122 yards...Also started at linebacker, where he posted 80 tackles (eight for loss) and one interception...Two-time team captain (2005, 2006)...Associated Press first team All-State and Grand Rapids Press All-Area Dream Team linebacker (2006)...His team finished runner-up in the 2005 State Championship game...Was an all-state wrestler and held a 4.0 grade point average..
Personal Born July 21, 1989 in Grand Rapids, Mich...Son of Steve and Karen Coda...Father owns an accounting, tax and consulting firm, mother is a CPA for medical practice...Accounting major.
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