12.07.1999Corporate

Quarterbacks Chad Pennington of Marshall and Corte McGuffey of Northern named to GTE Academic All-America Football Team

STAMFORD, Conn., December 7 Quarterbacks Chad Pennington of Marshall and Corte McGuffey of Northern Colorado, who combined to throw for 7,187 yards and 73 touchdowns this season, were named to the GTE Academic All-America Football Team announced today in voting by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Pennington was named the Team Member of the Year in the University (Division 1A- & 1AA) Division, while McGuffey earned the same honor in the College (Divisions II & III) Division for the second straight year.


Pennington, a senior from Knoxville, Tenn., completed 68% of his passes for 37 touchdowns and led the Thundering Herd to a 12-0 record and the Mid-American Conference title this season, earning a berth in the Motor City Bowl against Brigham Young on December 27. The broadcast journalism major with a 3.80 Grade Point Average (GPA) is also one of five finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented on December 11.
McGuffey (3.86/biochemistry) is one of three finalists for the Harlon Hill Award as the Divison II player of the year, with the winner to be announced on December 10. He was the runnerup for the award in 1998. The senior from Riverton, Wyo., completed 63% of his passes this season for 36 TDs and led his team to a record of 11-2 and an NCAA bid, where they lost to Northwest Missouri State in the Division II quarterfinals.
In addition to Pennington, 13 members of the University Divisions first team qualified for postseason play running back Stuart Rentz of Furman, a senior from Pickens, S.C.; wide receiver Troy Walters of Stanford, a senior from College Station, Texas; tight end Josh Whitman of Illinois, a junior from Lafayette, Ind.; offensive lineman Mark Baniewicz of Syracuse, a graduate student from Penfield, N.Y.; offensive lineman Mike Wynne of Massachusetts, a senior from Somerdale, N.J.; offensive lineman Kyle Young of Clemson, a senior from Clemson, S.C.; kicker Travis Forney of Penn State, a senior from Mill Hall, Pa.; defensive lineman Voncellies Allen of Georgia Southern, a senior from Douglas, Ga.; defensive lineman Rob Renes of Michigan, a grad. student from Holland, Mich.; defensive lineman Kyle Vanden Bosch of Nebraska, a junior from Larchwood, Iowa; defensive back Mike Brown of Nebraska, a senior from Scottsdale, Ariz.; defensive back Vince Huntsberger of Montana, a sophomore from Libby, Mont.; and punter Dan Dyke of Georgia Tech, a sophomore from Winter Springs, Fla.
Four players besides McGuffey accomplished similar feats in the College Division wide receiver Mike Krueger of St. Norbert, a senior from Schofield, Wis.; tight end Paul Seberger of Wartburg, a senior from Marshalltown, Iowa; offensive lineman Jason Kepler of Rensselaer, a senior from Palmer, Alaska; and defensive back Dustin Armstrong of Alma, a senior from Sand Lake, Mich.
A complete list of all GTE Academic All-America
Football Teams in both divisions is attached.
The GTE Academic All-America Teams are selected by a vote of the 1,800-member CoSIDA. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. Sports information directors nominate eligible athletes from their schools who are named to district teams prior to being voted upon the national level. CoSIDA has been selecting Academic All-America Teams since 1952.

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1999 GTE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA FOOTBALL TEAM (University Division)


First Team Offense

QB:Chad Pennington*;Marshall;Sr.; Knoxville, Tenn.;3.80/Broadcast Journalism


RB:Jimmy Lee;Dayton;Toledo, Ohio;Sr.;3.23/Pre-Medicine


RB:Stuart Rentz;Furman;Pickens, S.C.;Sr.;3.90/Business Admin./Spanish


WR:Eric Johnson;Yale;Jr;Needham, Mass.;3.64/American Studies/Sociology


WR:Troy Walters;Stanford;Sr.;College Station, Texas;3.21/Communications


TE:Josh Whitman;Illinois;Jr.;Lafayette, Ind.;3.97/Business Administration


OL:Mark Baniewicz;Syracuse;Grad.;Penfield, N.Y.;3.83/Finance


OL:Wes Gallagher;Tennessee Tech;Sr.;Wartrace, Tenn.;3.78/Secondary Education


OL;Brad Meester;Northern Iowa;Sr.Parkersburg, Iowa3.76/Business Management


OL:Mike Wynne;Massachusetts;Sr.;Somerdale, N.J.;3.93/Accounting


OL:Kyle Young;Clemson;Sr.;Clemson, S.C.;3.96/Secondary Education


PK:Travis Forney;Penn St.;Sr.;Mill Hall, Pa.;3.79/Elementary/Kindergarten Ed.

First Team Defense

DL:Voncellies Allen;Ga. Southern;Sr.;Douglas, Ga.;3.62/Chemistry


DL:Michael Germino;Pennsylvania;Sr.;Longmeadow, Mass.;3.54/Economics


DL:Rob Renes;Michigan;Grad.;Holland, Mich.;3.55/Secondary Ed./German & Social Studies


DL:Kyle Vanden Bosch;Nebraska&;Jr.;Larchwood, Iowa;3.78/Business Administration


LB:Dave Brcka;Iowa St.;Sr.9;West Des Moines, Iowa;3.88/Biology


LB:Keith Cockrum Texas Tech;Sr.;Goldthwaite, Texas;4.00/Mgmt. Info Sys./Finance/Econ.


LB:Mike Goletz;Butler;Sr.;Crown Point, Ind.;3.93/Chemistry


DB:Mike Brown;Nebraska;Sr.;Scottsdale, Ariz.;3.24/Business Administration


DB:Ben Green;Harvard;Sr.;Cherry Hill, N.J.;3.34/Anthropology


DB:Vince Huntsberger;Montana;So.;Libby, Mont.;3.87/Biology


DB:Ahmed Plummer;Ohio St.;Sr.;Wyoming, Ohio;3.48/Human Resources


P:Dan Dyke;Georgia Tech;So.;Winter Springs, Fla.;4.00/Aerospace Engineering

Second Team Offense

QB:Drew Brees;Purdue;Jr.;Austin, Texas;3.25/Industrial Engineering


RB:Eric Ferguson;Davidson;Sr.;Canton, N.C.;3.47/Psychology


RB:Chad Morton;USC;Jr.;Torrance, Calif.;3.44/Sociology


WR:Jake Coppola;Canisius;Jr.;Tecumseh, Neb.;3.52/Communications Studies


WR;Elijah Thurman;Howard;Sr.;Severn, Md.;3.20/Communications


TE:Shaun Castillo;Army;Sr.;Willis, Texas;3.76/Engineering Management


OL:Terrence Anderson;Navy;Sr.;Stillwater, Okla.;3.48/Economics


OL:Jordan Caruso;Penn St.;Jr.;Medford, N.J.;3.66/Business Logistics


OL:Patrick Goodman;W. Kentucky;Sr.;Cecilia, Ky.;3.71/Civil Engineering Technology


OL:Wes Hines;McNeese St.;Jr.;Baytown, Texas;3.94/Accounting


OL:Aaron Koch;Oregon St.;Sr.;Keizer, Ore.;3.63/Psychology/Liberal Studies


PK:Travis Brawner;SW Missouri St.;Sr.;Branson, Mo.;3.96/Biology

Second Team Defense


DL:Eric Brezina;Drake;Sr.;Toledo, Iowa;3.82/History


DL:Chris Cain;Portland St.;Jr.;Tigard, Ore.;3.81/Public Health


DL:Tim Englehardt;New Mexico St.;Sr.;Alamogordo, N.M.;3.72/Accounting


DL:Fred Wakefield;Illinois;Jr.;Tuscola, Ill.;3.43/Kinesiology


LB:Chad Carson;Clemson;Jr.;Newman, Ga.;3.90/Biological Sciences


LB:Marion Martin;Furman;Jr.;Columbia, S.C.;3.89/Chemistry


LB:Brian Shaw;Nebraska;Sr.;Deweese, Neb.;4.00/Animal Science/Agricultural Econ.


DB:James Gallagher;Georgetown;Sr.;Norwood, N.J.;3.65/Finance & Human Resource Mgmt.


DB:Tait Johnson;Drake;Sr.;Rhinelander, Wis.;3.60/Actuarial Science


DB;Jeff Killeen;SW Missouri St.;Sr.;Omaha, Neb.;3.88/Chemistry


DB:;Payton Williams;Fresno St.;Sr.;Moreno Valley, Calif.;3.60/Sociology


P:Dallas Neil;Montana;Grad.;Great Falls, Mont.;3.85/Business Administration

*GTE Academic All-America Team Member of the Year University Division



1999 GTE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA
FOOTBALL TEAM (College Divison)



First Team Offense



QB:Corte McGuffey**;Northern Colo.;Sr.;Riverton, Wyo.;3.86/Biochemistry


RB:Mark DeBiasio;Salve Regina;Sr.;North Attleboro, Mass.;3.90/Biology


RB:Ben Smith;Buena Vista;Sr.;Lake View, Iowa;3.73/Criminal Justice


WR:Dan Grant;American Intl.;Sr.;Mechanicsburg, Pa.;3.68/Biology/Education


WR:Mike Krueger;St. Norbert;Sr.;Schofield, Wis.;3.98/Chemistry


TE;Paul Seberger;Wartburg;Sr.;Marshalltown, Iowa;3.94/Physics


OL:Dan Duncan;Gust. Adolphus;Sr.;Ivanhoe, Minn.;3.79/Secondary Math Education


OL:Joe Fox;Austin;Sr.;Plano, Texas;3.76/Economics/German


OL:Jason Kepler ;Rensselaer ;Sr.;Palmer, Alaska;3.92/Aeronautical & Mechanical Engin.


OL:Jeff Shabram;Wayne St.;Sr.;Orchard, Neb.;3.88/Math Ed./Natural Science Ed.


OL:Dave Wonderlick;Susquehanna;Jr.;Shenandoah, Pa.;4.00/Communications/Theatre Arts


PK:Volker Olbrich;Neb.-Kearney;Sr.;Eschwiler, Germany;3.63/Aircraft Systems Management

First Team Defense


DL:Casey Beran;Chadron St.;Sr.;Sargent, Neb.;3.80/Human Biology


DL:Kevin Hedrick Maryville Sr. Sevierville, Tenn. 3.93/Engineering


DL:Nik Kozy MIT Sr. Pittsburgh, Pa. 4.4 (5.0 scale) Chemical Engineering


DL:Adam Vossen Moorhead St. Sr. Broooklyn Park, Minn. 3.95/Biology


LB:Joe Conduah Heidelberg Sr. Madison, Wis. 3.84/Comp. Info.Systems/Bus. Admin.


LB:Eric Pederson Moorhead St. Sr. Eau Claire, Wis. 3.87/Chemistry


LB:Craig Pierstoff Wis.-Oshkosh Sr. Rosendale, Wis. 3.99/Biology


DB:Dustin Armstrong Alma Sr. Sand Lake, Mich. 3.78/Exercise and Health Science


DB:Jonathan Dunham Denison Sr. Laramie, Wyo. 3.85/Biochemistry


DB:Angus Huang MIT Sr. Saratoga, Calif. 4.9 (5.0 scale) Elec. Engin./Comp. Sci.


DB:Kevin Otte Wilmington Sr. Maria Stein, Ohio 4.00/Agriculture


P:Matt Mahaffey Wooster Sr. Westerville, Ohio 3.21/Economics

Second Team Offense


QB:Eddie Eviston Georgetown Jr. Fort Thomas, Ky. 3.90/Accounting/Management


RB:Mike Campie Carnegie Mellon Sr. Camanche, Iowa 3.95/Civil Engineering


RB:Anthony Togliatti Kenyon Sr. Independence, Ohio 3.52/Biology/Pre-Med


WR:Kenan McWhorter Georgetown Jr. Richmond, Ky. 3.89/Engineering/Communications


WR:Scott Pingel Westminster Sr. Perryville, Mo. 3.55/Secondary Education


TE:Chad Hermsdorf Mankato St. Jr. Madison, Wis. 3.61/Biology/Pre-Med


OL:Brad Crawford Indianapolis So. LaGrange, Ind. 3.87/Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy


OL:Tim Kusniez Slippery Rock Sr. Gilbertsville, Pa. 3.63/Sport Management


OL:Mark McAdams Truman St. Sr. Kansas City, Mo. 3.91/Accounting


OL:W. Jason Mensing Adrian Sr. Tecumseh, Mich. 3.71/Health/Phys. Ed./Rec./Sec. Ed.


OL:R.J. Starr Cal.-Davis Sr. Thousand Oaks, Calif. 3.61/Managerial Economics


K:Paul Peletz Arkansas Tech Jr. Bentonville, Ark. 3.86/Economics/Finance

Second Team Defense


DL:Keith Akard Carson Newman Jr. Bristol, Tenn. 4.00/Business Administration


DL:Aaron Doonan Washburn Sr. Hoisington, Kan. 3.92/Chemistry


DL:Steve Hudak Luther Sr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa 3.85/Biology/Chemistry


DL:Jason Jacobs Southwest St. Sr. Bird Island, Minn. 3.62/Business/Accounting


LB:Chris Gab Pittsburg St. Jr. Independence, Kan. 3.97/Plastics Engineering Technology


LB:Brian Kowalski Rochester So. Liverpool, N.Y. 3.85/Political Science/History


LB:Matt Witmer Widener Jr. Ephrata, Pa. 3.67/Criminal Justice


DB:Nick Gates Albion Sr. Ithaca, Mich. 3.86/Economics/Management


DB:Brant Grimes North Dakota Sr. Bloomington, Minn. 3.83/Financial Management/Economics


DB:Andy Palzkill Wis.-Stevens Pt. Sr. Mineral Point, Wis. 3.92/Sociology


DB:Eric Serbus St. John's (MN) Sr. Bird Island, Minn. 3.81/Social Science


P:Luke DesJarlais Wis.--LaCrosse Jr. Menasha, Wis. 3.40/Accountancy

**GTE Academic All-America Team Member of the Year College Division