Nate Skare
Nate Skare

Upper Iowa University senior punter Nate Skare, a Spring Valley native, has been named to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District football team.

Skare was named to the Super Region 4 list for the second time in his career. The teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

The punter picks up his second award last week, as he was also named to the All-NSIC South Division Second Team.

Skare punted 73 times, the second-most kicks in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, this season for a grand total of 2,910 yards or an average of 39.9 yards per kick, which ranks as the fourth-best average in the conference in 2017. The senior recorded three touchbacks, 10 fair catches and placed 22 inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Skare's strong right leg produced 10 kicks longer than 50 yards including a season-high 62-yarder at Augustana University in UIU's 21-20 victory in Sioux Falls, S.D. During his four years of punting, he registered 269 punts for 10,298 yards or a career average of 38.3 yards per punt. Skare knocked 28 of his kicks farther than 50 yards and pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line 70 times.

The Academic All-District teams include the student-athletes listed for football and volleyball, and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. The CoSIDA Academic All-America separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and College Division. The College Division includes all NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools.

To be nominated for the All-District teams, a student-athlete must be a starter or an important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution.