Academic All-Stars

Three Arkansas football players, led by first-team selection Josh Melton, have been named to the Verizon Academic District VI football team.

Sophomore offensive guard/tackle Mark Bokermann and sophomore linebacker Caleb Miller each made the second team.

"I'm very proud of the accomplishments of our young men," Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. "The reason they came to school is to achieve at the highest level on and off the field. Their commitment to academics is something that has made them a better student and a better team member."

Melton, a junior from Batesville, graduated last spring and is in his first semester of graduate school. He earned his bachelor's in kinesiology with a grade point average of 3.62. The 6-5, 288-pounder was named preseason All-Southeastern Conference by the Birmingham News.

Melton had his best game of the season last week in the 27-20 win over Central Florida, grading out at 85 percent.

Bokermann, a 6-5, 300-pounder from St. Louis, Mo., is on track to graduate this semester and currently has a 3.41 GPA in finance. He started the first two games this season at right tackle before starting at right guard in the next six.

Bokermann has graded out at 79 percent or higher five times with highs of 91 percent in the seven-overtime victory at Ole Miss, 85 against Alabama and 83 in the win over then-ninth-ranked South Carolina.

Miller has started all nine games this season at strong side linebacker for the 6-3 Razorbacks. He has four double-figure tackle games this year with a high of 15 in the 58-56 win at Ole Miss. He also had 11 at Georgia.

The 6-3, 213-pounder is fourth on the team with 87 tackles, tied for third with six tackles for losses, tied for second with two interceptions and fifth with four pass breakups.

District VI includes all NCAA Division I schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.

As a first-team selection, Melton is a candidate for national Verizon Academic All-America honors.


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