GOODWELL – Oklahoma Panhandle State University football senior Jasper Smiley, of Tecumseh, has been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team, it has been announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
As a first team choice, Smiley is now eligible NAIA national Academic All-America consideration (which will be announced mid-December).
To be selected for the Academic All-District 4 team, Smiley was picked by the CoSIDA membership of the District 4, which covers 15 U.S. states, as well as Canada. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution.
“I am so proud of Jasper,” Panhandle Head Coach Bob Majeski said. “He is truly the embodiment of what you want a student-athlete to be: good skills, solid in the classroom, gives back to the community, provides leadership to the team and is a role model. There couldn’t be a more deserving person for this award.”
Smiley is a four-year letterman for the Aggies football program. He is a Health Science and Physical Education major. Additionally, Smiley will finish his OPSU career as a three-time academic all-conference selection and was nominated for the 2019 Allstate Good Works Team. He was a two-year team captain for the Aggies, as well.
Off the field, Smiley has an extensive history of volunteerism and community involvement. A few of the events to which he has contributed his time and efforts are: Bikes for Kids, Food for Kids, working as a math tutor, as well as the City of Guymon clean-up and Pioneer Days. Smiley, who is of Native American heritage, also has done work with the Native Youth for Summer program.
On the field, Smiley had a banner 2019 season for Panhandle State. Smiley had a career-high 28 tackles – 16 solo – and topped the team with 8.0 sacks for 72 yards in losses. He forced one fumble and recovered two.
Smiley was married this past summer to the former Shambri Kelso (who was a standout women’s basketball player for the Aggies).