Inducted in 2013
Sport(s) Played: Football
Honor: Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team
Football's Michele Canali was announced as a 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® First Team College Division selection as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The Capital on Academic All-America football team is comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions.
One of just 24 student-athletes in the US and Canada to earn a place on the team, senior defensive lineman Michele Canali had a tremendously successful senior season that included 39 total tackles and a team-high 7.5 sacks as part of the 37th best defense in the nation. His .800 sacks per game were good for a No. 18 ranking nationally while his 7.5 total sacks placed him at No. 21 in the country. The Parma, Italy native also led the team in fumbles recovered (2) and blocked kicks (1) while helping Menlo to a 5-5 record in 2013.
A business management major with a 3.87 GPA, Canali concludes his two-year stint at Menlo with 54 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 18 games played. He is the only player from a school located in the state of California to earn this accolade.
Canali joins men's soccer's Giuseppe Fratarolli as a Capital One Academic All-America® selection. With the naming of Canali to the first team, Menlo becomes one of just five schools in the US and Canada to place a player on both the football and soccer All-America® teams.
The 24 members of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America College Division Football team have a 3.80 average GPA.