Three Tigers Make All-ACC Academic Football Team

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Justin Miller had a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown against Duke which was the first since 2000.
Justin Miller had a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown against Duke which was the first since 2000.

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Fourteen players who earned first or second team All-Conference honors this past season also secured spots on the 2003 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Academic football team as announced by Commissioner John Swofford. To be eligible, a player must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the fall semester or have maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

The league’s past two ACC Players of the Year - NC State’s Philip Rivers (2003) and Virginia’s Matt Schaub (2002) - and P.J. Daniels, the ACC’s leading rusher this past season with 1,447 yards, are among the league’s academic honorees as are two players who earned All-America recognition this past season - Florida State linebacker Michael Boulware and Virginia placekicker Connor Hughes. Other first or second team All-ACC selections named were Duke’s Chris Douglas, Florida State’s David Castillo, Georgia Tech’s, Eric Henderson and James Butler, Maryland’s Nick Novak, Steve Suter, Jeff Dugan and Adam Podlesh and Virginia’s Hughes and Chris Canty.

Duke’s Chris Douglas, the league’s third-leading rusher last fall with 1,138 yards and a three-time All-ACC Academic team selection, heads up a list of 12 players that are repeaters from last year's All-Academic team. Other repeaters from the 2002 team are Clemson’s William Henry, Duke’s Drew Strojny, Florida State’s Boulware, Maryland’s Novak and Suter, North Carolina’s Doug Justice and Jeb Terry, NC State’s Austin Herbert, Virginia’s Schaub, Wake’s Brad White and Quintin Williams.

2003 All-ACC Academic Football Team


Pos. Player GPA Major

OB P.J. Daniels, So., GaT 3.00 Management

OB Darian Durant, Jr., UNC 3.06 African American History

OB Chris Douglas, Sr., Duke 3.85 Computer Science

OB Greg Jones, Sr., FSU 3.15 Sport Management

OB Philip Rivers, Sr., NCS 3.00 Business

OB Matt Schaub, Sr., UVa 3.53 Professional Development

WR Nate Curry, Jr., GaT 3.50 Building Construction

WR Tony Elliott, Gr., Clem. 3.75 Engineering

WR Ryan Sawyer, Sr., UVa 3.43 Professional Development

TE Jeff Dugan, Sr., Md. 3.70 Finance

TE John Paul Foschi, Sr., GaT 3.25 Building Construction

OL Jason Brown, JR., UNC 3.08 Communications

OL David Castillo, Jr., FSU *3.48 Biological Sciences

OL William Henry, Gr., Clem. *3.67 Human Resource Dev.

OL Matt Meinrod, So., FSU 3.00 undecided

OL Christian Mitchell, Jr., Duke 3.43 Economics

OL Jed Paulsen, So., NCS 3.00 Technology Education

OL Kyle Schmitt, Jr., Md. 3.25 History

OL Drew Strojny, Sr., Duke 3.00 Philosophy

OL Jeb Terry, Sr., UNC *3.25 Business

PK Connor Hughes, So., UVa 3.08 undecided

PK Adam Kiker, Sr., NCS *3.80 Aerospace Engineering

PK Nick Novak, Jr.., Md. *3.43 Kinesiological Sciences

SP Steve Suter, Jr., Md. 3.24 Criminal Justice


Pos. Player GPA Major

DL Phillip Alexander, Jr., Duke 3.10 Public Policy Studies

DL Chris Canty, Jr., UVa 3.00 African American Studies

DL C.J. Feldheim, Sr., Md. 3.75 Economics

DL Eric Henderson, So., GaT 3.00 Management

DL Gerris Wilkinson, So., GaT 3.20 Management

LB Giuseppe Aquanno, Jr., Duke *3.26 Public Policy Studies

LB Allen Augustin, Sr., FSU 3.17 Public Administration

LB Michael Boulware, Sr., FSU 3.68 Sport Management

LB Doug Justice, So., UNC *3.34 Communications

LB Brad White, Jr., WF *3.32 Analytical Finance

DB James Butler, Jr., GaT 3.00 Building Construction

DB Marcus Hamilton, Fr., UVa 3.60 undecided

DB Bryant McFadden, Jr., FSU *3.09 Art

DB Justin Miller, So., Clem. 3.00 Sport Management

DB Lamont Reid, Jr., NCS 3.17 Sport Management

DB Chris Reis, So., GaT *3.26 Management

DB Kenneth Stanford, Jr., Duke 3.10 Economics

DB Dennard Wilson, Sr., Md. 3.00 Communications

DB Quintin Williams, Sr., WF *3.22 English

P Austin Herbert, Sr., NCS 3.58 Business

P Adam Podlesh, Fr., Md. *3.11 General Business

P Hal Higgins, Sr., GaT *3.67 Management

LS Ryan Childress, Sr., UVa 3.75 Professional Development

*denotes career GPA

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