Peyton Manning named to GTE Academic All-America Football Team; Three Players from M.I.T. make College Division Squad

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STAMFORD, Conn., -- Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning was named to the GTE Academic All-America Football Team in voting announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). A graduate student from New Orleans, La., Manning, one of the leading candidates for the Heisman Trophy, has a 3.56 Grade Point Average (GPA) as a sports administration major. He was named the University Division's GTE Academic All-America Team Member of the Year, which goes to the person who "best represents the qualities of an Academic All-America student-athlete."

"It is a tremendous honor to have been selected as the quarterback on this year's GTE Academic All-America Football Team," Manning said. "I have strived to keep the proper balance between academics and athletics during my years at Tennessee. I hope people understand that football is only a fraction of my life and that staying in school for my senior year was the best decision I could make."

In leading the Volunteers to an 11-1 record and the SEC title, Manning completed 61 per cent of his passes for 3,819 yards and 36 touchdowns. Tennessee will face Nebraska in the Orange Bowl on January 2.

Five other players in the University Division repeated as first team members -- wide receiver David Patterson of New Mexico State, a junior from Artesia, N.M. (3.97/math); offensive lineman Jay Korth of Wyoming, a senior from Battle Creek, Neb. (3.91/mechanical engineering); defensive back Levi Gillen of Tulsa, a senior from Leotl, Kan. (3.91/mechanical engineering); linebacker Daryl Bush of Florida State, a senior from Altamonte Springs, Fla. (3.86/athletic administration); and defensive lineman Grant Wistrom of Nebraska, a senior from Webb City, Mo. (3.43/pre-pharmacy).

A trio of defensive players from M.I.T. made the first team in the College Division: defensive back Duane Stevens, a senior from Scio, Ore.; linebacker Mike Butville, a senior from Levittown, Pa.; and defensive lineman Brad Gray, a senior from Columbia, S.C. Gray maintained a perfect 5.0 GPA (5.0 scale) as a chemical engineering major and earned the division's Team Member of the year honors.

The University Division first team also includes two players from Eastern Washington who will face Youngstown State in the Division I-AA semifinals this weekend -- wide receiver Jeff Ogden, a senior from Snohomish, Wash., and defensive lineman Steve Mattson, a senior from Naselle, Wash.

In addition to Stevens and Gray, the College Division has two other members who repeated on the first team -- offensive lineman Matt Hertzler of Chapman (3.80/exercise physiology); and punter Bryan Moorman of Pittsburg (Kan.) St. (3.96/history).

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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Following is a list of the GTE Academic All-America Football Teams in the University and College Divisions.

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY DIVISION FIRST TEAM
Pos.NameSchoolYr.HometownGPA/Major
QBPeyton ManningTennesseeGrad.New Orleans, La.3.56/Sports Administration*
WRJeff OgdenEastern WashingtonSr.Snohomish, Wash.3.51/Health Education
WRDavid PattersonNew Mexico St.Jr.Artesia, N.M.3.97/Math
TECameron QuayleWeber St.Sr.Ogden, Utah3.61/Integrated Studies
RBSean BennettEvansvilleJr.Evansville, Ind.3.86/Art Education
RBJoel MackovickaNebraskaJr.Brainard, Neb.3.84/Biological Sciences
OLJay KorthWyomingSr.Battle Creek, Neb.3.91/Mechanical Engineering
OLDominic LanzaDartmouthSr.Bellevue, Wash.3.87/Government
OLJeremy LindleySouthern MississippiSr.Hueytown, Ala.3.95/Human Performance
OLJohnny ReaAlabama-BirminghamSr.Pell City, Ala.4.00/Biology/Chemistry
OLMatt StinchcombGeorgiaJr.Lilburn, Ga.3.94/Business
KCory WedelWyomingSr.Burlington, Colo.3.94/Agricultural Education
DBLevi GillenTulsaSr.Leoti, Kan.3.91/Mechanical Engineering
DBBrian LeeWyomingSr.Arvada, Colo.3.55/Business
DBStephen PhelanVirginiaSr.Montgomery, Ala.3.69/History
DBChris ShinnickHawaiiSr.Van Nuys, Calif.3.87/Communications
LBDaryl BushFlorida St.Grad.Altamonte Springs, Fla.3.96/Athletic Admin.
LBDusty RenfroTexasJr.Alvarado, Texas3.70/Business
LBPatrick TillmanArizona St.Sr.San Jose, Calif.3.82/Marketing
DLJohn KobalkaCincinnatiSr.Olmsted Falls, Ohio3.93/Industrial Mgmt.
DLSteve MattsonEastern WashingtonSr.Naselle, Wash.3.67/Biology/Pre-Med.
DLRyan OlsonColoradoSr.Lakewood, Colo.3.54/Civil Engineering
DLGrant WistromNebraskaSr.Webb City, Mo.3.43/Pre-Pharmacy
PChad KesslerLSUSr.Longwood, Fla.3.91/Microbiology
* GTE Academic All-America Team Member of the Year - University Division
UNIVERSITY DIVISION SECOND TEAM 
Pos.NameSchoolYr.HometownGPA/Major
QBScott FrostNebraskaSr.Wood River, Neb.3.48/Finance
WRBen CahoonBrigham YoungSr.Orem, Utah3.67/Physical Therapy
WRMatt MooreDaytonSr.Kettering, Ohio3.95/Accounting & Finance
TETrent HuelsmanDaytonSr.St. Henry, Ohio3.75/Mgmt. Info. Systems
RBJosh BranenMontanaSr.Moscow, Idaho4.00/Psychology
RBBenji WoodRiceSr.Suwanee, Ga.3.28/Human Performance/Health Sci.
OLEric DeGrohWest VirginiaJr.Huron, Ohio3.87/Biology
OLJerrell MooreSouth Carolina St.Sr.Columbia, S.C.3.50/Professional English
OLMatthew ReischlIowaJr.Greendale, Wis.4.00/Finance
OLShawn StuartUCLAJr.Saugus, Calif.3.58/Sociology
OLJohn ZatechkaNebraskaSr.Lincoln, Neb.3.55/Forestry, Fisheries & Wildlife
KChris SailerUCLAJr.Burbank, Calif.3.43/Communications Studies
DBJohn BishopPennsylvaniaSr.Barryville, Ariz.3.60/Finance
DBJeff KilleenSouthwest Missouri St.Soph.Omaha, Neb.3.92/Biology
DBChad SmithNew MexicoJr.Springville, Calif.3.98/Biology/Pre-Med.
DBPatrick StephenNorthern IllinoisJr.Brampton, Ont.3.90/Biological Sciences
LBBrian BrownWyomingJr.Columbus, Mont.3.80/Business
LBBarry GardnerNorthwesternSr.Harvey, Ill.3.31/Communication Studies
LBWillie ThompsonMorgan St.Sr.Fort Washington, Md.3.80/Electrical Engineering
DLJarrod EversonLibertyJr.Warner Robbins, Ga.3.75/Exercise Science
DLChad KelsayNebraskaJr.Auburn, Neb.3.61/Finance
DLMatt SimmonsBrownSr.Wildwood, Mo.3.76/Philosophy/Medieval Culture
DLChris SmithHarvardSr.Sarasota, Fla.3.52/Government
PBarry CantrellFordhamSr.Margate, Fla.3.45/Business Admin.
COLLEGE DIVISION FIRST TEAM
Pos.NameSchoolYr.HometownGPA/Major
QBBo HurleyFindlaySr.Alger, Ohio3.74/Business
WRRyan HinskeWisconsin-OshkoshSr.Menasha, Wis.3.66/Special Education
WRChad WemhoffNebraska-WesleyanSr.Lincoln, Neb.3.93/Biology
TETed SchultzAugsburgSr.Hudson, Wis.3.78/Secondary Ed./History/Coaching
RBMark ByarlayTrinity (Texas)Sr.Fort Worth, Texas3.41/Pre-Medicine
RBTravis WalchWinona St.Sr.Elgin, Minn.3.61/Elementary Education
OLMatt HertzlerChapmanSr.Placentia, CA3.80/Exercise Physiology
OLChris MeskanAugustana (Ill.)Jr.Aledo, Ill.3.90/Math & Business
OLThayne MunceAugustana (S.D.).Sr.Sioux Falls, S. D.3.97/Biology
OLIan ReidSouthern OregonSr.Silverton, Ore.3.77/Biology
OLAndy RoeckerOhio NorthernSr.Monroe, Mich.3.81/Pharmacy
KShane MeyerCentral Missouri St.Jr.Lake St. Louis, Mo.3.73/Journalism
DBMike BramlageThomas MoreSr.Union, Ky.3.70/Biology
DBMatt EmmerichSt. Johns (Minn.)Sr.Foley, Minn.3.84/Management
DBTom MasseySUNY BrockportJr.Jamestown, N.Y.3.84/Exercise Physiology
DBDuane StevensMITSr.Scio, Ore.4.00 (5.0 scale)/Mech. Eng.
LBMike ButvilleMITSr.Levittown, Pa.4.90 (5.0 scale)/Mech. Eng.
LBKyle FulcherMississipi Coll.Jr.Quitman, Miss.4.00/Accounting
LBBrad KleinWashington (Mo.)Sr.Watertown, Wis.3.73/Chemical Engin.
DLChris CochranRPISr.Kent, Wash.3.78/Computer Systems Engin.
DLBrad GrayMITSr.Columbia, S.C.5.00 (5.0 scale)/Chemical Engineering*
DLJoel HornbyWisconsin-Stevens PointSr.Richland Center, Wis.4.00/Biology
DLMatt WeissCornell (Iowa)Jr.Edgerton, Kan.3.96/Biochemistry/Molecular Bio.
PBrian MoormanPittsburg St. (Kan.)Jr.Sedgwick, Kan.3.96 History
* GTE Academic All-America Team Member of the Year - College Division
COLLEGE DIVISION SECOND TEAM
Pos.NameSchoolYr.HometownGPA/Major
QBGreg KaiserSt. ThomasSoph.Mora, Minn.3.97/Business
QBDusten OldsNebraska-WesleyanSr.Alliance, Neb.3.98/Physics
WRCraig DanaBuffalo St.Jr.Kenmore, N.Y.3.91/Math Education
WRScott HvistendahlAugsburgJr.Cannon Falls, Minn.3.22/Marketing
TEWes TerrellCal.-DavisJr.San Jose, Calif.3.55/Agriculture/Managerial Econ.
RBBrandon GrahamHopeSr.Hudsonville, Mich.3.40/Kinesiology
RBJake MorrisNorth Dakota St.Sr.Elk Mound, Wis.3.46/Pharmacy
OLRon BriggsU. of the SouthSr.Maryville, Tenn.3.84/English/Spanish
OLJami DetersFort Hays St.Sr.Vermillion, Kan.3.92/Agribusiness
OLDave SabolcikSlippery RockSr.Butler, Pa.3.55/Sport Management
OLRyan ShanesyNebraska-WesleyanJr.Lincoln, Neb.3.92/Physics
OLJeff Scott StarkOtterbeinSr.Bolivar, Ohio3.76/English/Secondary Ed.
KChris KondikBaldwin-WallaceSr.Uniontown, Ohio3.34/Business Admin.
KBryan MaderWisconsin-WhitewaterSr.Kimberly, Wis.3.40/Accounting
DBTom LopatoWestern MarylandJr.Mount Airy, Md.4.00/Math/Computer Science
DBNate ManderfieldHamlineSr.St. Cloud, Minn.3.83/Elementary Ed./Psychology
DBErik SchillerHobartSr.Homer,N.Y.3.70/Economics
DBChris SmithColorado CollegeSr.Canon City, Colo.3.83/Chemistry
LBJeff FisherFerris St. (Mich.)Sr.Tryo, Mich.3.53/Acctg./Comp. Info. Systems
LBSean FredricksNorth Dakota St.Sr.Jamestown, N.D.3.68/English
LBTrent Van EatonFort Hays St.Sr.Stockton, Kan.3.91/Pre-Med.
DLRon BranchShepherdJr.St. Marys, W. V.3.89/Secondary Education
DLLutul FarrowBaldwin-WallaceSr.Cleveland, Ohio3.70/Biology/Pre-Med.
DLMatthew HarrisAshlandSr.Bucyrus, Ohio3.35/Marketing
DLBrian MihokWestminster (Pa.)Jr.Boardman, Ohio3.79/Biology
PEric WicksMercyhurstSr.Huntsburg, Ohio3.85/Sports Medicine
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