Five Cougars Named Academic All-MWC

Garner Meads, a junior academically who recently announced he will discontinue playing due to injuries, has a 3.81 grade point average as a pre exercise science major. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Five members of the 2004-05 men's basketball team have been named Academic All-Mountain West Conference. Overall, BYU placed a conference-high 178 student-athletes on the spring team, the Mountain West Conference announced.

Seniors Terry Nashif and Jared Jensen were joined on the team by sophomores Sam Burgess, Mike Rose and Garner Meads. Meads, a junior academically who recently announced he will discontinue playing due to injuries, has a 3.81 grade point average as a pre exercise science major. Rose maintains a 3.56 GPA in pre management while Nashif earned a 3.49 GPA in PE Teaching, Jensen a 3.33 GPA in construction management and Burgess a 3.27 GPA in pre management.

BYU and UNLV led all MWC men's basketball programs with five players earning the academic recognition. New Mexico and Utah had three men's basketball players honored, while San Diego State had two and Air Force and Colorado State each had one player named to the team.

To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and be a starter or significant contributor on their athletic team.

In all, the league recognized 672 student-athletes from its eight member schools. After the Cougars' league-leading 178 honorees, New Mexico placed 98 student-athletes on the list, followed by Utah (83), UNLV (81), Wyoming (72), Colorado State (57), Air Force (55) and San Diego State (45).

Other BYU teams represented on the team included women's track and field (45), men's track and field (43), women's swimming and diving (21), men's swimming and diving (20), baseball (15), women's basketball (5), men's basketball (5), women's tennis (5), men's tennis (5), men's golf (4), softball (4) and women's golf (4).

BYU had a conference-high 71 student-athletes earn the same recognition when the MWC released its academic awards for teams competing in the fall. The Cougar football team had an MWC-best 31 student-athletes recognized as All-Academic performers, while women's soccer had 12, men's cross country 11, women's cross country 10, and women's volleyball seven.