Defensive lineman Dan Pela is the strongest student-athlete on the football team, an attribute that carries over on the football field. Strong can also describe his work in the classroom as well.

Pela has a 3.59 grade point average in health science with a public health promotion emphasis and will graduate this December. He recently was named to the Capital One Academic All-District first team, joining teammate Ben Bachelier and Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck among the 24-player squad.

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