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Nov. 16, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Six members of the Ohio State football team have been named to the Academic All-District team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and sponsored by ESPN The Magazine. Four Buckeyes, including center Doug Datish, wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, linebacker James Laurinaitis and fullback Stan White Jr., were named to the first team and will join the first-team selections from the other seven districts on the ballot for Academic All-America honors, which will be announced Nov. 30.

Defensive tackle Joel Penton and wide receiver Brian Robiskie were second-team Academic All-District selections.

Datish, Gonzalez, Laurinaitis and White will seek to become Ohio State’s first Academic All-American since Craig Krenzel in 2003 and join a list of 31 former Buckeyes who earned national academic honors.

Datish (history) and White (graduate studies) already have earned their undergraduate degrees. Gonzalez (philosophy) joined those two on the Academic All-Big Ten team last fall, while Laurinaitis (business) should receive that honor this season.

Ohio State’s six honorees all are starters and have helped the Buckeyes keep their No. 1 national rank all season going into the game Saturday against No. 2 Michigan.

Student-athletes must be a starter or significant reserve, be at least a sophomore and carry a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average to be nominated for the team by their sports information director, who then joins other SIDs in voting on their respective all-district team. The states of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama comprise District IV.

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