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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.




Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown GPA/Major
QB Peyton Manning Tennessee Grad. New Orleans, La. 3.56/Sports Administration*
WR Jeff Ogden Eastern Washington Sr. Snohomish, Wash. 3.51/Health Education
WR David Patterson New Mexico St. Jr. Artesia, N.M. 3.97/Math
TE Cameron Quayle Weber St. Sr. Ogden, Utah 3.61/Integrated Studies
RB Sean Bennett Evansville Jr. Evansville, Ind. 3.86/Art Education
RB Joel Mackovicka Nebraska Jr. Brainard, Neb. 3.84/Biological Sciences
OL Jay Korth Wyoming Sr. Battle Creek, Neb. 3.91/Mechanical Engineering


Dominic Lanza Dartmouth Sr. Bellevue, Wash. 3.87/Government
OL Jeremy Lindley Southern Mississippi Sr. Hueytown, Ala. 3.95/Human Performance
OL Johnny Rea Alabama-Birmingham Sr. Pell City, Ala. 4.00/Biology/Chemistry
OL Matt Stinchcomb Georgia Jr. Lilburn, Ga. 3.94/Business
K Cory Wedel Wyoming Sr. Burlington, Colo. 3.94/Agricultural Education
DB Levi Gillen Tulsa Sr. Leoti, Kan. 3.91/Mechanical Engineering
DB Brian Lee Wyoming Sr. Arvada, Colo. 3.55/Business
DB Stephen Phelan Virginia Sr. Montgomery, Ala. 3.69/History
DB Chris Shinnick Hawaii Sr. Van Nuys, Calif. 3.87/Communications
LB Daryl Bush Florida St. Grad. Altamonte Springs, Fla. 3.96/Athletic Admin.
LB Dusty Renfro Texas Jr. Alvarado, Texas 3.70/Business
LB Patrick Tillman Arizona St. Sr. San Jose, Calif. 3.82/Marketing
DL John Kobalka Cincinnati Sr. Olmsted Falls, Ohio 3.93/Industrial Mgmt.
DL Steve Mattson Eastern Washington Sr. Naselle, Wash. 3.67/Biology/Pre-Med.
DL Ryan Olson Colorado Sr. Lakewood, Colo. 3.54/Civil Engineering
DL Grant Wistrom Nebraska Sr. Webb City, Mo. 3.43/Pre-Pharmacy
P Chad Kessler LSU Sr. Longwood, Fla. 3.91/Microbiology
* GTE Academic All-America Team Member of the Year - University Division
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown GPA/Major
QB Scott Frost Nebraska Sr. Wood River, Neb. 3.48/Finance
WR Ben Cahoon Brigham Young Sr. Orem, Utah 3.67/Physical Therapy
WR Matt Moore Dayton Sr. Kettering, Ohio 3.95/Accounting & Finance
TE Trent Huelsman Dayton Sr. St. Henry, Ohio 3.75/Mgmt. Info. Systems
RB Josh Branen Montana Sr. Moscow, Idaho 4.00/Psychology
RB Benji Wood Rice Sr. Suwanee, Ga. 3.28/Human Performance/Health Sci.
OL Eric DeGroh West Virginia Jr. Huron, Ohio 3.87/Biology
OL Jerrell Moore South Carolina St. Sr. Columbia, S.C. 3.50/Professional English
OL Matthew Reischl Iowa Jr. Greendale, Wis. 4.00/Finance
OL Shawn Stuart UCLA Jr. Saugus, Calif. 3.58/Sociology
OL John Zatechka Nebraska Sr. Lincoln, Neb. 3.55/Forestry, Fisheries & Wildlife
K Chris Sailer UCLA Jr. Burbank, Calif. 3.43/Communications Studies
DB John Bishop Pennsylvania Sr. Barryville, Ariz. 3.60/Finance
DB Jeff Killeen Southwest Missouri St. Soph. Omaha, Neb. 3.92/Biology


Chad Smith New Mexico Jr. Springville, Calif. 3.98/Biology/Pre-Med.
DB Patrick Stephen Northern Illinois Jr. Brampton, Ont. 3.90/Biological Sciences
LB Brian Brown Wyoming Jr. Columbus, Mont. 3.80/Business
LB Barry Gardner Northwestern Sr. Harvey, Ill. 3.31/Communication Studies
LB Willie Thompson Morgan St. Sr. Fort Washington, Md. 3.80/Electrical Engineering
DL Jarrod Everson Liberty Jr. Warner Robbins, Ga. 3.75/Exercise Science
DL Chad Kelsay Nebraska Jr. Auburn, Neb. 3.61/Finance
DL Matt Simmons Brown Sr. Wildwood, Mo. 3.76/Philosophy/Medieval Culture
DL Chris Smith Harvard Sr. Sarasota, Fla. 3.52/Government
P Barry Cantrell Fordham Sr. Margate, Fla. 3.45/Business Admin.
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown GPA/Major
QB Bo Hurley Findlay Sr. Alger, Ohio 3.74/Business
WR Ryan Hinske Wisconsin-Oshkosh Sr. Menasha, Wis. 3.66/Special Education
WR Chad Wemhoff Nebraska-Wesleyan Sr. Lincoln, Neb. 3.93/Biology
TE Ted Schultz Augsburg Sr. Hudson, Wis. 3.78/Secondary Ed./History/Coaching
RB Mark Byarlay Trinity (Texas) Sr. Fort Worth, Texas 3.41/Pre-Medicine
RB Travis Walch Winona St. Sr. Elgin, Minn. 3.61/Elementary Education
OL Matt Hertzler Chapman Sr. Placentia, CA 3.80/Exercise Physiology
OL Chris Meskan Augustana (Ill.) Jr. Aledo, Ill. 3.90/Math & Business
OL Thayne Munce Augustana (S.D.). Sr. Sioux Falls, S. D. 3.97/Biology
OL Ian Reid Southern Oregon Sr. Silverton, Ore. 3.77/Biology
OL Andy Roecker Ohio Northern Sr. Monroe, Mich. 3.81/Pharmacy
K Shane Meyer Central Missouri St. Jr. Lake St. Louis, Mo. 3.73/Journalism
DB Mike Bramlage Thomas More Sr. Union, Ky. 3.70/Biology
DB Matt Emmerich St. Johns (Minn.)


Foley, Minn. 3.84/Management
DB Tom Massey SUNY Brockport Jr. Jamestown, N.Y. 3.84/Exercise Physiology
DB Duane Stevens MIT Sr. Scio, Ore. 4.00 (5.0 scale)/Mech. Eng.
LB Mike Butville MIT Sr. Levittown, Pa. 4.90 (5.0 scale)/Mech. Eng.
LB Kyle Fulcher Mississipi Coll. Jr. Quitman, Miss. 4.00/Accounting
LB Brad Klein Washington (Mo.) Sr. Watertown, Wis. 3.73/Chemical Engin.
DL Chris Cochran RPI Sr. Kent, Wash. 3.78/Computer Systems Engin.
DL Brad Gray MIT Sr. Columbia, S.C. 5.00 (5.0 scale)/Chemical Engineering*
DL Joel Hornby Wisconsin-Stevens Point Sr. Richland Center, Wis. 4.00/Biology
DL Matt Weiss Cornell (Iowa) Jr. Edgerton, Kan. 3.96/Biochemistry/Molecular Bio.
P Brian Moorman Pittsburg St. (Kan.) Jr. Sedgwick, Kan. 3.96 History
* GTE Academic All-America Team Member of the Year - College Division
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown GPA/Major
QB Greg Kaiser St. Thomas Soph. Mora, Minn. 3.97/Business
QB Dusten Olds Nebraska-Wesleyan Sr. Alliance, Neb. 3.98/Physics
WR Craig Dana Buffalo St. Jr. Kenmore, N.Y. 3.91/Math Education
WR Scott Hvistendahl Augsburg Jr. Cannon Falls, Minn. 3.22/Marketing
TE Wes Terrell Cal.-Davis Jr. San Jose, Calif. 3.55/Agriculture/Managerial Econ.
RB Brandon Graham Hope Sr. Hudsonville, Mich. 3.40/Kinesiology
RB Jake Morris North Dakota St. Sr. Elk Mound, Wis. 3.46/Pharmacy
OL Ron Briggs U. of the South Sr. Maryville, Tenn. 3.84/English/Spanish
OL Jami Deters Fort Hays St. Sr. Vermillion, Kan. 3.92/Agribusiness
OL Dave Sabolcik Slippery Rock Sr. Butler, Pa. 3.55/Sport Management
OL Ryan Shanesy Nebraska-Wesleyan Jr. Lincoln, Neb. 3.92/Physics
OL Jeff Scott Stark Otterbein Sr. Bolivar, Ohio 3.76/English/Secondary Ed.
K Chris Kondik Baldwin-Wallace Sr. Uniontown, Ohio 3.34/Business Admin.
K Bryan Mader Wisconsin-Whitewater Sr. Kimberly, Wis. 3.40/Accounting
DB Tom Lopato Western Maryland Jr. Mount Airy, Md. 4.00/Math/Computer Science
DB Nate Manderfield Hamline Sr. St. Cloud, Minn. 3.83/Elementary Ed./Psychology
DB Erik Schiller Hobart Sr. Homer,N.Y. 3.70/Economics
DB Chris Smith Colorado College Sr. Canon City, Colo. 3.83/Chemistry
LB Jeff Fisher Ferris St. (Mich.) Sr. Tryo, Mich. 3.53/Acctg./Comp. Info. Systems
LB Sean Fredricks North Dakota St. Sr. Jamestown, N.D. 3.68/English
LB Trent Van Eaton Fort Hays St. Sr. Stockton, Kan. 3.91/Pre-Med.
DL Ron Branch Shepherd Jr. St. Marys, W. V. 3.89/Secondary Education
DL Lutul Farrow Baldwin-Wallace Sr. Cleveland, Ohio 3.70/Biology/Pre-Med.
DL Matthew Harris Ashland Sr. Bucyrus, Ohio 3.35/Marketing
DL Brian Mihok Westminster (Pa.) Jr. Boardman, Ohio 3.79/Biology
P Eric Wicks Mercyhurst Sr. Huntsburg, Ohio 3.85/Sports Medicine