Colorado Springs, Colo. -- The Mountain West Conference announced its All-Academic team for the 2001 football season. This year's squad is comprised of 88 student-athletes, including 44 repeat qualifiers which consists of 13 three--time honorees and 31 named for the second consecutive year. BYU, along with Colorado State, had a league-leading 18 All-Academic performers.
The All-Academic team is highlighted by 14 players from the All-Mountain West first- and second-team squads, consisting of first-team selections Ryan Denney (BYU), Brandon Doman (BYU) Joey Huber (Colorado State) and Doug Jolley (BYU); in addition to second-teamers Ben Archibald (BYU), Casey Bramlet (Wyoming), Broc Finlayson (Colorado State), Jason Gallimore (Colorado State), Justin Gallimore (Colorado State), Joe Haro (UNLV), Eric Pauly (Colorado State), Antwoine Sanders (Utah), Brian Simnjanovski (San Diego State) and Drew Wood (Colorado State).
BYU and Colorado State each placed a conference-high 18 student-athletes on the All-Academic team, followed by Wyoming (13), New Mexico (12), Air Force (9), Utah and UNLV (8 each), and San Diego State (2).
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.
Student-Athlete Yr GPA Major
Justin Anderson Sr 3.17 Public Relations
Ben Archibald* Jr 3.40 School Health
Toby Christensen* So 3.75 Marketing Communications
Ryan Denney** Sr 3.60 Management
Brandon Doman** Sr 3.15 Business
Aaron Edmonds Sr 3.11 Marketing Communications
Soren Halladay* Sr 3.66 Accounting
Doug Jolley Sr 3.08 Ecomonics
Ryan Keele Jr 3.14 Pre-management
Michael Lafitte Sr 3.17 Community Health
Andrew Ord* Jr 3.25 Construction Management
Matt Payne Fr 3.12 Exercise Science
Paul Peterson* Sr 3.47 Business-Finance
Brady Poppinga Fr 3.17 General Studies
Gabriel Reid* Jr 3.05 International Studies
Michael Sumko Jr 3.66 Pre Biology/Computer Tech
Anthony Ward* Sr 3.40 Psychology
Bill Wright So 3.00 Pre Construction Management
** - third consecutive year as member of the MWC All-Academic Team
* - member of last year's MWC All-Academic Team