Nov. 13, 2003
Seattle - Washington defensive backs Jimmy Newell and James Sims have been named as second-team selections to the 2003 CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Football Team. Newell, a junior from Port Orchard, has a 3.25 grade point average as a business major at Washington. Sims, a sophomore from Las Vegas, had a 3.32 GPA in comparative literature.
Newell is currently third on the Husky team with 68 tackles this season and is the co-leader on the team with five pass defenses. Sims has appeared in all 10 games and has eight tackles. Last week he blocked a punt against Arizona.
The team was voted on by CoSIDA members from within the District VIII states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, and the province of British Columbia. The all-district first team selections advance to the national ballot, which will be released Dec. 1.