Akron Lands Two on All-America First Team

Updated 12/13/2010
Story courtesy of Akron Athletic Communications

SANTA BARBARA, Calf.
- University of Akron juniors Darlington Nagbe and Kofi Sarkodie have each been named to the All-America First Team, the NSCAA announced this week.

It is the second consecutive year Nagbe, who is one of three finalists for the Hermann Trophy, has achieved All-America status after being named to the second team last season. He becomes just the 11th player in school history to receive All-American recognition in multiple years. It is the first honor for Sarkodie, who is a two-time, Academic First Team All-American and the 2010 Academic All-America of the Year.

Moreover, it is the third straight year the Zips have landed at least two players on the All-America list, following Teal Bunbury, Anthony Ampaipitakwong and Nagbe in 2009; and Ampaipitakwong and Steve Zakuani in 2008. In all, UA has recorded eight NSCAA All-Americans under fifth-year head coach Caleb Porter, the 2009 NSCAA National Coach of the Year.

Nagbe and Sarkodie helped lead Akron (22-1-2) to the national championship game for the second consecutive season and with their 1-0 win over Louisville on Sunday, the Zips claimed their first national title in school history.