18 Cougars Earn MWC All-Academic Honors

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