DURHAM, N.C.—It is well known that Duke University seniors Cody Brinkman and Markus Fjørtoft excel on the soccer field for the Blue Devils. However, their efforts on the soccer field are only surpassed by their work in the classroom and they have been recognized for such by earning to the CoSIDA Academic All-District III first team honors.
It is the first career honor for Fjørtoft and the second consecutive for Brinkman as Duke has two of the 10 representatives from the ACC. Syracuse, Notre Dame, Clemson and Duke each had two players land first-team recognition. As first-team choices, they advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America ® Team ballot.
A steady force for the Blue Devils as a holding center midfielder, Brinkman has started every game this season and played 1,443 minutes overall. He has been crucial in Duke posting a 12-3-2 regular season record and fourth-place finish in the ACC. Brinkman provided the game winning assist in a 3-2 overtime win over High Point and has been key in Duke recording seven shutouts as the defensive presence in the center of the field.
A starter in 62 of the 69 games in which he has played, Brinkman has two assists in his career. Academically, he holds a 3.84 in electrical and computer engineering. He has earned a spot on the Dean’s List in each of his six semesters and is a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member.
A starter in all 72 of the games he has played, Fjørtoft has been a staple as a center back for the Blue Devils for the past four seasons. He has missed just 181 minutes in his four seasons as he has helped Duke to 14 shutouts during his career. An aerial threat for the Blue Devils on set pieces, the Norway native also has seven goals and two assists to his name, including the game winner at Syracuse this season. He also had the tying goal in a 3-2 win over High Point earlier in the year. His senior season has been his best, guiding Duke to seven shutouts and a 0.97 goals against average and scoring three goals.
Pursuing his Master’s of Management Studies at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, Fjørtoft currently sports a 3.54 graduate school grade point average after earning his undergraduate degree in three years.
The Blue Devils are 12-4-2 overall on the year and are awaiting their NCAA postseason fate. The NCAA bracket will be revealed Nov. 13 at 1 p.m., on NCAA.com. The 12 wins are a five-game improvement from a year ago and have Duke poised to make its first NCAA appearance since 2011.