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Four Yellow Jackets Named To ACC All-Academic Football Team

Feb. 4, 2008

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four Georgia Tech players were among the 40 named to the 2007 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team Monday by Commissioner John Swofford.

Senior running back Tashard Choice, senior kicker Travis Bell, senior center Kevin Tuminello and sophomore tight end Colin Peek give Tech its most Academic Team members since 2004. Bell was named to the All-Academic Team for the fourth consecutive year and Tuminello for a third straight year.

Choice, Bell and Tuminello earn a sweep of the league’s postseason awards. All three players were previously named first- or second-team All-ACC. Five players total made both the All-ACC and ACC All-Academic teams as the three Yellow Jackets were joined by Virginia tight end Tom Santi and Maryland guard Andrew Crummey.

To be eligible for consideration, a player must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. All 12 ACC schools were represented by at least one selection on the team.

Choice, who led the ACC in rushing for the second straight year with 1,379 yards, graduated in December with a degree in history, technology and society. Bell, who kicked more field goals and at a higher percentage than any player in Tech history, will graduate in the spring with a degree in Management. Tuminello, instrumental in helping Choice lead the league in rushing in 2006 and 2007, graduated in December with a degree in Building Construction.

The four Yellow Jackets were joined on the team by Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner, who completed 72.4 percent of his passes to lead the nation in the NCAA’s Bowl Subdivision, and Clemson placekicker Mark Buchholz, who led the ACC in scoring with 114 points.

Crummey was a second-team All-America selection by The Sporting News, while Bell, Choice and Wake Forest Defensive End Jeremy Thompson were Honorable Mention All-America selections. Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, who was chosen a first-team Freshman All-America by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), and Maryland punter Travis Baltz, were selected Honorable Mention Freshmen All-Americas by The Sporting News.

Bell, Virginia Tech’s Jud Dunlevy and NC State’s Stephen Hauschka were all semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award. And four of the top six scorers in the ACC are also featured on the team led by Clemson’s Buchholz, who averaged 8.8 points per game, followed by Bell (3rd), Dunlevy (4th) and Maryland’s Obi Egekeze (6th).

The 2007 All-ACC Academic Football team is as follows:


Player                     School                     Class        Pos.         Major

Steve Aponavicius   Boston College         Jr.            PK           Finance

Thomas Austin        Clemson                  Jr.            OL           Political Science

Patrick Bailey           Duke                        Sr.            DL           Electrical & Computer Engineering

Travis Baltz             Maryland                 Fr.            P              Business

Travis Bell               Georgia Tech           Sr.            PK           Management

Mark Buchholz        Clemson                  Jr.            PK           Marketing

Anthony Castonzo   BostonCollege         Fr.            OL           Undeclared

Tashard Choice        Georgia Tech           Sr.            RB           History, Technology and Society

Phil Costa                Maryland                 So.           OL           Criminal Justice

Andrew Crummey   Maryland                 Sr.            OL           Government and Politics/Geography

Ronnie Drummer     Duke                        Sr.            RB           African-American Studies

Jed Dunlevy             Virginia Tech           Sr.            PK           Education, Health & PE

Lowell Dyer             North Carolina         Jr.            OL           English

Obi Egekeze             Maryland                 Jr.            PK           Finance

Louis Frazier           WakeForest             Sr.            OL           Biology

Sean Glennon          Virginia Tech           Jr.            QB           Finance

Meares Green          NC State                   Jr.            OL           Biochemistry

Dan Gronkowski     Maryland                 Gr.           TE           MBA

Stephen Hauschka   NC State                   Gr.           PK           Sports Management

Mark Herzlich          BostonCollege         So.           LB           Undeclared

Staton Jobe              Virginia                    So.           WR          Undeclared

Nick Larkin             BostonCollege         Sr.            DL           Human Development

Luke Lathan            NC State                   Sr.            OL           Agricultural Business Management

Thaddeus Lewis      Duke                        So.           QB           Undecided

Jimmy Maners         Clemson                  Sr.            P              History

Derek Nicholson      FloridaState             Jr.            LB           Sports Management

Wesley Oglesby       Duke                        Fr.            DL           Undecided

Michael Palmer        Clemson                  So.           TE           Marketing

Alex Pearson           Clemson                  Sr.            FB            Marketing

Colin Peek               Georgia Tech           So.           TE           Management

Myron Rolle            Florida State             So.           DB           Exercise Science

Matt Rumsey           Duke                        Sr.            OL           Political Science

Tom Santi                Virginia                    Sr.            TE           Sociology

Riley Skinner           WakeForest             So.           QB           Business

David Strimple         Miami                      Sr.            PK/P/H     Finance

Jeremy Thompson   Wake Forest             Sr.            DL           Health & Exercise Science

Kevin Tuminello      Georgia Tech           Sr.            OL           Building Construction

Carlton Weatherford Virginia Tech         Gr            FB            Education, Health & PE

Edwin Williams       Maryland                 Jr.            OL             Communications

Ben Wooster            WakeForest             So.        TE              Health & Exercise Science



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