Eric Pauly, Drew Wood Earn Academic All-Am Honors

Colorado State University linebackers Eric Pauly and Drew Wood today earned Verizon Academic All-American Football Team honors as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Pauly, a junior from Conway Springs, Kan., was named first-team Academic All-American, while Wood was named to the second team.

Pauly has a double-major in Business Administration and Computer Informations. He has a 3.78 grade point average, and was named to the second team in 2001. Pauly will earn his undergraduate degree in May of 2003, then enroll in graduate school at Colorado State while he completes his playing career for the Rams. Wood has a 3.63 grade point average and is majoring in Psychology. "Eric and Drew are not only very good football players, but most importantly, they are great students," said Rams' coach Sonny Lubick. "They are the epitome of what a student-athlete and leader should be all about. I cannot be prouder of the fact that two of our student-athletes have been named to the Academic All-American team. I believe it is a tribute to both of these two individuals and to the types of student-athletes that we have in our program." Pauly led the Rams in tackles for a second straight season. He currently has 109 tackles heading into the Dec. 31 AXA Liberty Bowl against TCU, and ranks among the Mountain West Conference leaders in total tackles and tackles for loss. He is also tied for third in the league with three fumble recoveries.

Wood is third on the team with 101 tackles, among the top figures in the MWC, and leads the Rams with 12 tackles for loss and seven quarterback sacks. Wood ranks among the league leaders in both of the latter categories, respectively.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or top reserve with at least a 3.2 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his career.

Colorado State is one of eight institutions nationally to place more than one student-athlete on the first and second teams, respectively.


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