The 50th anniversary Academic All-America Football Team and the annual Academic All-America Women's Volleyball Team are the first to have been announced as part of Verizon/CoSIDA's expanded scholar-athlete recognition for 2001-02.
Montana State University-Bozeman running back Ryan Johnson, who has a perfect grade-point average for his college career, was named the Team Member of the Year in the university division, while Widener University defensive back T.J. Hess earned Team Member of the Year distinction in the college division.
"This is an honor that I will cherish long after my days as a football player are over, and it will have a direct impact on wherever my career path leads me," said Johnson, a pre-physical therapy major who finished the season with 1,510 yards rushing.
Hess, an accounting major who also sports a perfect GPA, led Widener with 156 tackles, had five interceptions and helped his team to the Division III playoffs for the second straight year.
Others on the university division first team included University of Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington, a Heisman Trophy finalist and the Pacific-10 Conference offensive player of the year.
In the college division, running back Chuck Moore of undefeated Mount Union College was named to the first team for the second straight year. The 2001 Gagliardi Trophy winner as player of the year in Division III rushed for 2,076 yards this year, breaking the school's single-season record he set last year. He has 27 touchdowns for the defending national champions, who have won 27 straight games.
Verizon's academic accolades in women's volleyball featured NCAA Today's Top VIII award recipient Nancy Metcalf from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and and Indiana University (Pennsylvania) outside hitter Laura Hall, who were named Team Members of the Year in the university and college divisions, respectively.
Metcalf, a three-time Verizon Academic All-American who boasts a near-perfect GPA as an advertising major, led the Cornhuskers to the national semifinals this year.
Hall has a perfect GPA in elementary education and is a two-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
The Verizon Academic All-America Teams are selected by a vote of the 1,800-member CoSIDA. Nominees must be varsity starters or key reserves and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.200 (4.000 scale).
Following is a complete list of the 2001 teams in football and women's volleyball:
Quarterback -- Joey Harrington, Oregon, business administration. Running backs -- Thomas Hammock, Northern Illinois, marketing; Ryan Johnson, Montana State, pre-physical therapy. Wide receivers -- Andre Davis, Virginia Tech, residential property management/marketing; Rob Turner, Central Michigan, business. Tight end -- Tracey Wistrom, Nebraska, mathematics. Linemen -- Brian Hallett, Kent State, industrial technology; Seth McKinney, Texas A&M, management information systems; Ryan Schmid, Oregon, business administration; Jon Stinchcomb, Georgia, microbiology; Kyle Young, Clemson, secondary education. Kicker -- Todd France, Toledo, mechanical engineering.
Linemen -- Ryan Denney, Brigham Young, finance; Aaron Kampman, Iowa, elementary education; Drew McLaughlin, Tulsa, accounting; Brandon Perdue, Army, mechanical engineering. Linebackers -- Chad Carson, Clemson, biological sciences; Mark Kasmer, Dayton, computer engineering; Adam Waugh, Illinois State, political science. Defensive backs -- Chris Hope, Florida State, communication/sociology; Vince Huntsberger, Montana, biology/premedicine; Jon McGraw, Kansas State, finance; Marty McNamara, Dayton, finance/accounting. Punter -- Dan Dyke, Georgia Tech, electrical engineering.
Quarterback -- Eli Manning, Mississippi, business/marketing. Running backs -- Cameron Atkinson, Princeton, chemistry; Josh Staph, Harvard, economics. Wide receivers -- Billy Brown, Yale, economics; Bryce Lee, William & Mary, business administration. Tight end -- Stewart Kupfer, Lafayette, business/economics. Linemen -- Cory Annett, Eastern Michigan, sports medicine; Eric Damko, Northern Arizona, marketing; Andy Eby, Kansas State, construction science; Rodney Reed, LSU, accounting; Chris Tuminello, Toledo, civil engineering. Kicker -- Travis Dorsch, Purdue, psychology.
Linemen -- Andy Bentley, Dayton, secondary education/mathematics; Jordan Carstens, Iowa State, agricultural business; William Overstreet, Tennessee, finance; Ciche Pitcher, Montana, business administration. Linebackers -- Eric Pauly, Colorado State, information systems; Travis Stephens, Citadel, business administration; Josh Thornhill, Michigan State, kinesiology. Defensive backs -- Nick Bamber, Valparaiso, sports management; Brian Davis, Morehead State, physics/pre-engineering; Ricot Joseph, UCF, physical education/criminal justice; Hadley Prince, McNeese State, agriculture science. Punter -- Brian Simnjanovski, San Diego State, liberal studies.
Quarterback -- Eddie Eviston, Georgetown (Kentucky), accounting. Running backs -- Jake Barkley, St. Thomas (Minnesota), business; Chuck Moore, Mount Union, business administration. Wide receivers -- Andrew Hilliard, St. Thomas (Minnesota), mathematics; Adam Lilla, Winona State, biology/allied health. Tight end -- Jay Thomas, Washington & Lee, business administration. Linemen -- Mike Bestul, Wisconsin-Eau Claire, kinesiology; Matt Kish, Baldwin-Wallace, history/education; Grant Leach, Nebraska Wesleyan, history; Eugene Ochap, Bethany (West Virginia), biology; Seth Roberson, Wartburg, physics. Kicker -- Austin Lepper, Truman, business administration/finance.
Linemen -- Robert (B.J.) Bayer, Arkansas Tech, engineering; Peter Katz, Wisconsin-Whitewater, biology (premedicine); Casey Seyfert, Fort Hays State, history; Caleb White, Pittsburg State, biology. Linebackers -- Brian Bergstrom, Gustavus Adolphus, health fitness/management; Justin Buresh, Nebraska Wesleyan, business administration; Brant Haverdink, Kalamazoo, history. Defensive backs -- Todd Baldwin, Augustana (Illinois), accounting/economics; Hans Bengston, Bethel (Minnesota), biology (premedicine); Lance Dorsey, Truman, biology/(premedicine); T.J. Hess, Widener, accounting. Punter -- Mark Rowand, Franklin & Marshall, chemistry.
Quarterback -- Dusty Bonner, Valdosta State, business management. Running backs -- Josh Ranek, South Dakota State, HPER; Mike Smith, Dickinson, political science/history. Wide receivers -- John Bennink, Albion, German; Luke Klinker, Nebraska Wesleyan, English. Tight end -- Jared McNeilly, Allegheny, physics. Linemen -- Charles Hermansen, Northern State (South Dakota), chemistry/secondary education; Bob Montgomery, Massachusetts-Lowell, plastics engineering; Mac Schneider, North Dakota, history; Ken Taylor, Rochester Institute of Technology, engineering; Joshua Veigel, Marietta, petroleum engineering. Kicker -- Ben Tuck, Sewanee (University of the South), premedicine.
Linemen -- Jon Foss, Bethel (Minnesota), economics/finance; Andy Kaiser, St. Thomas (Minnesota), accounting; Curt Kimmel, Missouri-Rolla, civil engineering; Chad Winters, Wartburg, physical education. Linebackers -- Alex Daecher, Kutztown, elementary and special education; Brian Kowalski, Rochester, political science/history; Brandon Roberts, Washington (Missouri), biomedical engineering. Defensive backs -- Mike Oswald, Northern Michigan, construction management; Brent Peroutka, Augsburg, business finance; Eric Totten, Western Washington, business/economics; Lamar Watson, Adams State, business marketing. Punter -- Pat Amon, Emporia State, physical education.
Kyleen Bell, Georgia Tech, management; Jami Coughlin, Arizona State, special education; Nancy Metcalf, Nebraska, advertising; Keri Nishimoto, Long Beach State, computer science; Gina Schmidt, Oregon State, business; Beth Weynand, Texas A&M, biomedical sciences.
Rachel Ahlers, Tennessee-Martin, elementary education; April Barnhorst, Kentucky, marketing; Lauren Fendrick, UCLA, precognitive science; Angela Knopf, Colorado State, mathematics; Laura Pilakowski, Nebraska, advertising; Stacy Schmidt, Texas-San Antonio, community health.
Shelly Adamcik, Alabama, criminal justice; Greichaly Cepero, Nebraska, international business; Kim Frederick, Manhattan, computer science; Alison Kreager, North Carolina State, biological science; Kristen Meech, Youngstown State, elementary education; Jennifer Pritchard, Winthrop, biology; Krista Smith, West Virginia, biology.
Kelli Brummer, Nebraska-Kearney, biology; Kristin Dettman, Wisconsin-Whitewater, accounting; Chara Fehsenfeld, Grand Valley State, biology; Cassy Felkerson, Truman, premedicine/chemistry; Jenny Glenn, Truman, exercise science; Laura Hall, Indiana (Pennsylvania), elementary education.
Allison Erickson, Wisconsin-Whitewater, psychology; Emily Green, Franklin & Marshall, anthropology; Rachel Gullerud, Wisconsin-Eau Claire, mathematics/economics; Kiersten Madden, Augustana (Illinois), biology/environmental science; Amy Pope, Cal State San Bernardino, business/accounting; Mandi Simmerman, Otterbein, education.
Sarah Ahnen, Michigan Tech, business administration; Angela Igoe, Lewis and Clark, interdisciplinary studies; Alexis Keeler, Wesleyan (Connecticut), French studies; Ashley Layman, Muskingum, business/psychology; Michele Newman, Lynn, biology; Janelle Veith, Alaska Anchorage, elementary education.