NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Ohio Dominican senior wide receiver Cory Contini (Dover, Ohio) has been nominated for the AFCA Good Works Team, which recognizes college football players who achieve excellence on and off the playing field.
Contini is one of just two G-MAC players and one of just 169 student-athletes across the country in all divisions nominated for the award.
Not only one of the top receivers in Division II, Contini has been an active member in the community. He's worked with groups that have provided sporting goods as Christmas presents for children, back to school donations to provide supplies for children, and worked with Special Olympics athletes as well. Contini has volunteered during ODU's Make A Difference Day and at the university's 5K run, and he's also volunteered at youth football, basketball and baseball camps at Dover High School for the last three years while also working as an altar server at St. Joseph's Church in Dover.
A member of ODU's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Contini is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-American selection, maintaining a 3.90 cumulative GPA in Accounting.
On the field, Contini ranked sixth in Division II in receiving yards per game (118.6) and touchdowns (14) last fall as he was named the G-MAC Offensive Back of the Year and First Team All-Great Midwest. A two-time First Team All-Super Region One selection, he finished with 72 catches for 1,186 yards on the year, ranking 13th in the country in receptions per game (7.2) as well.
A leaping catch over a Lake Erie defender earned him a spot on ESPN NFL Countdown's "You Got Mossed" segment. He had at least one TD catch in each of ODU's final seven games and closed the season with a 5-catch, 142-yard, 3-TD performance against Kentucky Wesleyan and a 6-catch, 180-yard, 3-TD effort against Findlay.
A 2016 Second Team All-GLIAC selection, Contini has 147 catches in his career for 2,289 yards and 22 touchdowns. He enters the season fifth on ODU's all-time receiving yards list, sixth in receptions, fourth in touchdowns, third in yards per catch (15.6) and first in receptions per game (5.7).
Ohio Dominican finished the 2017 season with a 7-3 record and won the G-MAC title. The Panthers will kick off the 2018 season at home at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 against California (Pa.). The Panthers have a 58-20 record since 2011 (.744), winning a pair of conference titles and making two NCAA postseason appearances in that stretch.
Contact: Scott Miles