Munoz nominated for award

The Southeastern Conference has forwarded the names of Tennessee footballer Michael Munoz and Auburn soccer player Erin Hinson to the NCAA as nominees for the 2004 NCAA Sportsmanship Award. The NCAA will announce national winners in June.

A senior from Mason, Ohio, Munoz was one of five male nominees and Hinson one of four females sent in by SEC institutions to the conference office for consideration. The NCAA asked its conferences to determine which nominees would be forwarded to the national office. Selected members of the SEC staff made the determination.

Nomination criteria were consistently good sportsmanship and ethical behavior in daily participation of intercollegiate athletics, good citizenship outside the sports-competition setting, and sound academic standing.

In addition to his chances for the sportsmanship award, Munoz also just completed work with the NCAA Sports Wagering Task Force. He is one of two student-athlete representatives of the 26-member panel that just released a national study on the effects of gambling on intercollegiate athletics.

Munoz has been elected a team captain for the 2004 football season, joining teammate Kevin Burnett as the first Vols since J.G. Lowe in 1924-25 to be chosen for that position in consecutive years. The duo last year became the first juniors to serve as UT captains since Bob Dobelstein in 1944.

Munoz started every 2003 game at left tackle and has started all 37 games of his career. He considered early entry into the 2004 NFL Draft, but decided to return for his final season.

The lineman earned second-team All-SEC honors from the league's coaches in 2003 and was named Academic All-SEC for the second consecutive year. The son of NFL Hall of Fame offensive lineman Anthony Munoz, Michael is married to the former Emily Jones of Cincinnati and currently is working on his master's degree in public administration.

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