C. J. Spiller Headlines 2008 ACC Academic Football Team


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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Defensive Player of the Year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the league’s all-purpose yardage leader and eight players who earned first or second-team, All-Conference honors this past season secured spots on the 40-member 2008 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team, as announced Monday by Commissioner John Swofford.


To be eligible for consideration, a player must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. All 12 ACC schools were represented by at least one selection on the team.


Leading the team were Boston College junior linebacker Mark Herzlich (Wayne, Pa.), who was named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year after a sterling junior campaign leading the nation’s 5th-ranked defense and Clemson’s C. J. Spiller (Lake Butler, Fla.), one of the ACC’s most versatile offensive threats, who led the league in all-purpose yardage. Herzlich finished the year tied for the nation’s lead in interceptions by a linebacker with six, while Spiller accumulated 1,770 all-purpose yards and earned first-team All-ACC honors.


Joining them on the All-Academic team were six other ACC players who earned first or second-team all-conference honors in first-team honorees Maryland center Edwin Williams (Washington, D.C.) and punter Travis Baltz (Whitehouse, Ohio) as well as second-team selections Clemson center-guard Thomas Austin (Camden, S.C.), Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo (Hawthorn Wood, Ill.), Florida State safety Myron Rolle (Galloway, N.J.) and Georgia Tech defensive tackle Darryl Richard (Destrehan, La.).


Additionally, two members of the All-Academic team were named honorable mention All-ACC in Virginia Tech placekicker Dustin Keys (Stafford, Va.), who finished 7th nationally in fields goals, and Maryland tight end Dan Gronkowski (Amherst, N.Y.).


Richard, who actually received his MBA degree this past December, was honored at the 2008 ACC Football Championship Game as the Conference’s top senior scholar-athlete and the winner of the prestigious 2008 Jim Tatum Award.


Rolle, one of two three-time Academic All-ACC honorees on the team, was awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship this past fall, and will continue his graduate education this coming year at Oxford University in England.


Boston College placekicker Steve Aponavicius (Easton, Pa.) also earned selection for the third year in a row, while 13 other players were selected to the Academic All-ACC team for the second time including Austin, Baltz, Gronkowksi, Herzlich, Richard, Williams, Clemson placekicker Mark Buchholz (Alpharetta, Ga.), North Carolina center Lowell Dyer (Durham, N.C.), Maryland placekicker Obi Egekeze (Augusta, Ga.), Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon (Centreville, Va.), NC State tackle Meares Green (Wilmington, N.C.), Clemson punter Jimmy Maners (Rock Hill, S.C.) and Wake Forest tight end Ben Wooster (Atlanta, Ga.).


Four quarterbacks earned selection to the team led by Florida State sophomore Christian Ponder (Colleyville, Tx.), who has already received his bachelor’s degree and is currently in graduate school. Joining Ponder were Virginia Tech’s Glennon, Georgia Tech’s Jaybo Shaw (Flowery Branch, Ga.), and NC State’s Harrison Beck (Clearwater, Fla.).


Maryland led all ACC schools with eight selections, followed by Clemson with five and Florida State, Georgia Tech and Boston College with 4 each. In all, nine members of the team have already graduated and were in graduate school or pursuing a second bachelor’s degree this past fall.


The 2008 All-ACC Academic Football team is as follows:

 
2008 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team
Player			School		Class	Pos.	Major			Hometown	
Steve Aponavicius	Boston College	Sr.	PK	Finance			Easton, Pa.
Thomas Austin		Clemson		Jr.	OL	Political Science	Camden, S.C.
Travis Baltz		Maryland	So.	P	Business		Whitehouse, Ohio
Harrison Beck		NC State	Jr.	QB	Communications		Clearwater, Fla.
Brent Bowden		Virginia Tech	Jr.	P	Interdisciplinary Stu	Centreville, Va.
Mark Buchholz		Clemson		Sr*.	PK	Marketing		Alpharetta, Ga.
LaRon Byrd		Miami		Fr.	WR	Undeclared		Boutte, La.
Anthony Castonzo	Boston College	So.	OL	Biochemistry		Hawthorn Wood, Ill.
Phil Costa		Maryland	Jr..	OL	Criminal Justice	Moorestown, N.J.
Rick Costa		Maryland	Sr.	LB	Criminal Justice	Moorestown, N.J.
Adrian Aye-Darko	Duke		Sr.	FS	Sociology		Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
Andrew Datko		Florida State	Fr.	T	Business		Weston, Fla.
Andrew Devlin		Virginia	Fr.	TE	Undeclared		Pittsburgh, Pa.
Lowell Dyer		North Carolina	Sr.	OL	English			Durham, N.C.
Obi Egekeze		Maryland	Sr.	PK	International Business	Augusta, Ga.
Sean Glennon		Virginia Tech	Sr.	QB	Marketing		Centreville, Va.
Cameron Goldberg	Duke		Sr.	T	History			Luthersville, Md.
Meares Green		NC State	Sr.	OL	Biochemistry		Wilmington, N.C.
Dan Gronkowski		Maryland	Sr.*	TE	MBA			Amherst, N.Y.
Brandon Harris		Miami		Fr.	CB	Sports Administration	Miami, Fla.
Montel Harris		Boston College	Fr.	RB	Undeclared		Jacksonville, Fla.
Mark Herzlich		Boston College	Jr..	LB	Finance			Wayne, Pa.
Kevin Jones		Duke		So.	P	Psychology		Austin, Tex.
Roddy Jones		Georgia Tech	Fr.	AB	Management		Stone Mountain, Ga.
Dustin Keys		Virginia Tech	Sr.*	PK	MPE			Stafford, Va.
Jimmy Maners		Clemson		Sr.	P	Philosophy		Rock Hill, S.C.
Brandon Maye		Clemson		Fr.	LB	Sociology		Mobile, Ala.
Dean Muhtadi		Maryland	Sr.*	DL	MBA			Alexandria, Va.
Christian Ponder	Florida State	So.*	QB	MBA			Colleyville, Tx.
Shane Popham		Wake Forest	Fr.	P/PK	Undecided		Crestview Hills, Ky.
Dane Randolph		Maryland	Sr.*	T	Health Services		Columbia, Md.
Darryl Richard		Georgia Tech	Sr.*	DT	MBA			Destrehan, La.
Myron Rolle		Florida State	Jr.*	S	Public Administration	Galloway, N.J.
Xavier Shannon		Miami		Sr.	C	Enrollment Management	Miami, Fla.
Jaybo Shaw		Georgia Tech	Fr.	QB	Management		Flowery Branch, Ga.
C.J. Spiller		Clemson		Jr.	RB	Sociology		Lake Butler, Fla.
Kendrick Stewart	Florida State	Sr.	DT	Sports Management	Lakeland, Fla.
Cooper Taylor		Georgia Tech	Fr.	S	Management		Atlanta, Ga.
Edwin Williams		Maryland	Sr*.	C	Sports Management	Washington, D.C.
Ben Wooster		Wake Forest	Jr..	TE	Health & Exercise Sci	Atlanta, Ga.

* Denotes student-athlete has already graduated and were in graduate school this past fall. Class refers to athletic eligibility

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