Dec. 3, 2002

STAMFORD, Conn. – Verizon and CoSIDA released today the 2002 Verizon Academic All-America Football Team. Jonathan Vilma and Matt Walters from top-ranked University of Miami (Fla.) make first team defensive honors for linebacker and defensive line, respectively.

Quarterback Kliff Kingsbury from Texas Tech was named Verizon Academic All-America Team Member of the Year in the University Division and quarterback Mike Bowman from Susquehanna College was named Team Member of the Year for the College Division.

In the University Division, the University of Dayton had three players named to the national teams. In the College Division, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology also topped the list with three players on the national teams list.

Seven players from the Big Ten Conference earned Academic All-America honors, including two from Purdue University and two from Ohio State. Ohio State’s quarterback, Craig Krenzel, was named to the second team as a junior. Krenzel, the starting quarterback for the No. 2-ranked Buckeyes, has led the team to a 13-0 record to lead the Big Ten Conference.

Georgia Tech’s punter, Dan Dyke, was named for a fourth time to the Academic All-America first team. Running back Ryan Johnson from Montana State and offensive lineman Jon Stinchcomb from Georgia both were chosen to the Academic All-America first team for the third time.

From the College Division, running back Jake Barkley from the University of St. Thomas was named to the first team for his third time as well. The first team also included Matt Campbell, a defensive lineman from Division III’s top-ranked Mount Union College. Campbell is one of four Academic All-America selections who’ll be participating in NCAA playoff games this weekend. The others are his Mount Union teammate Josh Liddell, Hadley Prince of McNeese State and Brian Lowder of Western Kentucky. The complete list of student-athletes named to the Verizon Academic All-America Teams Program National Football Team is attached (See Attachment A).

The Verizon Academic All-America Teams program recognizes student-athletes who have succeeded on the field and in the classroom. Individuals are selected by votes from CoSIDA, the 1,800-member College Sports Information Directors of America. To be eligible, an athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 on a scale of 4.00. Since the program’s inception in 1952, over 12,000 student-athletes have been honored with the award.

Under an agreement with CoSIDA, Verizon has been the exclusive sponsor of the Academic All-America program since 1985. Verizon, America’s literacy champion, strongly believes that literacy is a key ingredient to success and outstanding achievements in life. The Academic All-America program is part of Verizon Reads, the company’s national campaign to promote literacy through corporate philanthropy, partner collaboration, community outreach, and customer and employee participation.

First-Team Offense
Kliff Kingsbury** Texas Tech QB Gr. New Braunfels, TX 3.78/Management
Ryan Johnson Montana State RB Sr. Fort Collins, CO 3.99/Pre-Physical Therapy
Jason Wright Northwestern RB Jr. Diamond Bar, CA 3.25/Psychology, Pre-Medicine
Kyler Randall Eastern Washington WR Jr. Ferndale, WA 3.89/Education
John Standeford Purdue WR Jr. Monrovia, IN 3.51/Elementary Education
Erick Streelman Nevada TE Sr. Bellflower, CA 3.97/Secondary Education
Travis Barclay Ball State OL Jr. Iowa City, IA 3.98/Physics
Kyle Eaton Oklahoma State OL Gr. Rogers, TX 4.00/Management Information Systems
Joe Iorio Penn State OL Sr. Sylvania, OH 3.70/Info & Science Technology
Rodney Reed Louisiana State OL Jr. West Monroe, LA 3.93/Accounting
Jon Stinchcomb Georgia OL Sr. Lilburn, GA 3.73/Microbiology
Nick Browne TCU PK Jr. Garland, TX 4.00/Finance-Real Estate
First-Team Defense
Jordan Carstens Iowa State DL Jr. Bagley, IA 3.60/Agricultural Business
Vince Crochunis Pittsburgh DL So. Schuylkill Haven, PA 3.78/Political Science
Jon Montoya Montana State DL Jr. Brandon, SD 3.60/Elementary Education
Matt Walters Miami (Fla.) DL Sr. Melbourne, FL 3.45/Mechanical Engineering
Hunter Hillenmeyer Vanderbilt LB Sr. Nashville, TN 3.70/Economics/Human & Org. Devlpmt.
Eric Pauly Colorado State LB Jr. Conway Springs, KA 3.78/Bus. Admin./Computer Info. Sys.
Jonathan Vilma Miami (Fla.) LB Jr. Coral Gables, FL 3.34/Finance
Mark Kasmer Dayton DB Sr. Brecksville, OH 3.94/Computer Engineering
Brian Lowder Western Kentucky DB Jr. Bowling Green, KY 4.00/Government/Sociology
Hadley Prince McNeese State DB Sr. Sulphur, LA 3.61/Agricultural Science
Justin Rosato Monmouth DB Sr. Old Bridge, NJ 3.88/Business Finance
Dan Dyke Georgia Tech P Sr. Winter Springs, FL 3.84/Electrical Engineering
Second-Team Offense
Craig Krenzel Ohio State QB Jr. Utica, MI 3.56/Molecular Genetics
Jay Bailey Austin Peay RB Sr. Clarksville, TN 3.22/Health & Human Performance
Mike Hilliard Duquesne RB Jr. Homer Center, PA 3.59/Finance
Rob Turner Central Michigan WR Sr. Fort Lauderdale, FL 3.96/Business/Mgt. Info. Systems
Jack Whitver Iowa State WR Jr. Grinnell, IA 3.69/Exercise & Sport Science
Ben Hartsock Ohio State TE Jr. Chillicothe, OH 3.73/Biology
John Crowther Notre Dame OL Sr. Edina, MN 3.70/Finance & Computer Applications
Nathan Frowsing Saint Marys OL Sr. Madera, CA 3.96/Politics
Grant Moody U.S. Naval Academy OL Sr. Eureka, KA 3.93/Quantitative Economics
Gene Mruczkowski Purdue OL Sr. Cleveland, OH 3.75/Movement and Sport Sciences
Chris Tuminello Toledo OL Sr. Boardman, OH 3.93/Civil Engineering
Nate Kaeding Iowa PK Jr. Coralville, IA 3.54/History & Secondary Education
Second-Team Defense
Andy Bentley Dayton DL Sr. Marion, OH 3.56/Secondary Education, Math
Shawn Johnson Duke DL Jr. Fairport, NY 3.40/Biological Anthropology & Anatomy
Trent Karn Dayton DL Sr. Piqua, OH 3.50/Secondary Education, Social Studies
Kenny King Alabama DL Sr. Daphne, AL 3.24/Business Marketing
Brooks Bahr Utah LB Sr. Bountiful, UT 3.95/Biology, MBA
Michael Dulaney Tulsa LB Sr. Turpin, OK 3.86/Sociology
Drew Wood Colorado State LB Jr. Buena Vista, CO 3.63/Psychology
Rodney Johnson Furman DB Sr. Marion, NC 3.54/Health and Exercise Science
Nathan Jones Rutgers DB Jr. Scotch Plains, NJ 3.73/Finance
Ryan MacLean Albany DB Sr. Colden, NY 3.72/Management Information Systems
Joe Pavlick Duquesne DB Jr. Canton, OH 3.97/Information Technology
Mark Gould Northern Arizona P Jr. Boise, ID 3.51/Marketing
** Denotes Verizon Academic All-America Team Member of the Year – University Division
First-Team Offense
Mike Bowman ** Susquehanna QB Sr. Northumberland, PA 4.00/Mathematics
Jake Barkley St. Thomas RB Sr. Plymouth, MN 3.90/Entrepreneurship
Tyler Paul Emporia State Univ. RB Jr. Enterprise, KS 3.93/Business Administration
Andrew Hilliard St. Thomas WR Sr. Woodbury, MN 3.97/Math, Secondary Education
Flynn Cochran Rensselaer Poly Inst WR Jr. Kent, WA 3.80/Mgmt Info Technology
Landon Trusty Central Arkansas TE Jr. Hot Springs, AR 4.00/Finance
Mike Bestul Wisconsin-Eau Claire OL Sr. Chippewa Falls, WI 3.93/Kinesiology
Ben Bristol Springfield College OL Sr. South Hadley, MA 3.83/Sociology
Matt Kish Baldwin-Wallace OL Sr. Brookpart, OH 3.983/Education
Mike Liberski Wilkes University OL Jr. Exeter, PA 3.94/Mechanical Engineering
John Melillo Washington & Lee OL Sr. Forney, TX 4.00/English
Mac Schneider North Dakota OL Gr. Fargo, ND 3.97/History
Ben Tuck Univ. of the South PK Sr. Pell City, AL 3.90/Latin
First-Team Defense
Trevor Alexander Capital University DL Sr. Ashland, OH 3.957/Economics, Political Science
Matt Campbell Mount Union DL Sr. Massillon, OH 3.418/History
Patrick Ryan Benedictine Univ. DL Sr. Chicago, IL 3.63/Accounting
Justin Schneider Wisconsin-Oshkosh DL Sr. West Bend, WI 3.706/Accounting, Finance
Ben Laarman Northern Michigan LB Sr. Appleton, WI 3.97/Physical Education
Cliff Mason Gettysburg College LB Sr. Greenville, PA 4.00/Health and Exercise Science
Tim Swan Rose-Hulman LB Sr. Farmington, MN 3.93/Mechanical Engineering
Todd Baldwin Augustana College DB Sr. Aledo, IL 3.97/Finance, Economics
Jesse McQuiston Rose-Hulman DB Sr. Walton, IN 3.96/Mechanical Engineering
Jon Peterson Northwestern DB Sr. Wisconsin Rapids, WI 4.00/Math
John Yurisinec Gannon University DB Sr. Irwin, PA 3.95/Business Administration
Jarrod Edelen South Dakota P Jr. Vermillion, SD 3.70/Computer Science, Economics
Second-Team Offense
Keith Heckendorf Saint Cloud State QB Jr. Mosinee, WI 3.64/Physical Education
Kevin Clive Hillsdale RB Sr. Clarence, NY 3.70/Pre-Med
Andy Traetow Gustavus Adolphus RB Sr. Jackson, MN 3.57/Elementary Education
Luke Klinker Nebraska Wesleyan WR Sr. Omaha, NE 3.98/English, History
Justin Wilder Greensboro College WR Sr. Wednell, NC 4.00/Business Admin, Economics
Josh Liddel Mount Union TE Sr. Bemus Point, NY 3.692/History
Joe Harbour Baldwin-Wallace OL Jr. Upper Sandusky, OH 3.93/Secondary Education
David Laudner, Buena Vista Univ. OL Sr. Rockwell, IA 4.00/Political Science
Bob Paulin Augustana College OL Sr. Naperville, IL 3.49/Accounting, Computer Science
Daniel Schwartz Rose-Hulman OL Gr. New Palestine, IN 3.63/Electrical Eng., Biomedical Eng.
Austin Lepper Truman State PK Sr. Ames, IA 3.96/Business Administration
Second-Team Defense
Louis Jamison Slippery Rock DL Sr. Scottdale, PA 3.629/Health and Physical Education
Curt Kimmel Missouri-Rolla DL Sr. Ringling, OK 4.00/Civil Engineering
Dane Lundgren Wheaton College DL Sr. Arden Hills, MI 3.39/English Literature
Caleb White Pittsburgh State DL Sr. Kingsdown, KS 3.60/Biology, Pre-Med
Mike Oswald Northern Michigan LB Sr. Hillman, MI 3.91/Construction Management
Ben Spilseth Gustavus Adolphus LB Sr. Willmar, MN 3.95/Biochemistry, Chemistry
Tameem Yehyawi Truman State LB Jr. Keokuk, IA 3.95/Biology
Adam Guy Augustana College DB Jr. Muscatine, IA 3.91/Physics
Aaron Hight Pittsburgh State DB Sr. Riverton, KS 3.75/Construction Management
Garrett Rettig Wartburg College DB Sr. Tripoli, IA 3.96/Biology
Ty Touchstone Eastern New Mexico DB So. Lubbock, TX 4.00/Business Administration
Ryan Hartschuh College of Wooster P Sr. Akron, OH 3.838/Physics, Mathematics
** Denotes Verizon Academic All-America Team Member of the Year – College Division