Led By Bama, SEC Shines Academically

Led by Alabama, the Southeastern Conference had 43 Capital One Academic All-Americans in 2010-11, more than any other conference. The league had 23 student-athletes earn first-team honors, an all-time high for the SEC.

Alabama had six representatives on the Capital One Academic All-America first team and also had athletes named to the second and third team.

Earlier it had been announced that Alabama had two athletes named Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for their respective sports – Greg McElroy in football and Kayla Hoffman in gymnastics.

The Academic All-America teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

In addition to McElroy and Hoffman, Bama was represented on the first team by Barrett Jones (football), Nathan Corder (track and field), Brooke Pancake (golf), and Kayla Braud (softball).

Tide tennis player Courtney McLane was second team and Kyle Weeks of the swimming and diving team was third team.

The 43 student-athletes represent 11 of the 12 SEC schools while 10 schools had someone on the first-team. Since 2003, the SEC has had 148 student-athletes earn first-team Capital One Academic All-American status.

The SEC placed 43 on the first, second and third teams, which was four more than the Big 12, which was second, and the eight more than the Pac-10, which was third. The 23 first-teamers from the SEC were five more than the Pac-10, which was second with 18.

"Student-athletes from the SEC achieve amazing results both on and off the playing courts and fields," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "Student-athletes can realize their hopes and dreams and create a solid foundation for life in the Southeastern Conference."

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